Lip Service to purported values and mission statement

I saw a journalist tweet about their article, talking about transgender kid wanting to use their identified gender bathroom, and raises point that the trustee is being asked to shush

School trustee gag rules turn elected officials into tame sheep

Which points to the trustee’s blog entry for details on the bathroom issue

Local mother accuses Edmonton Catholic School Board of discrimination

Simpleton in me is saying… Just make all bathrooms unisex and be done with it.

The journalist was making a point that the trustee hasn’t been told to shush on an equally big issue around admittance requirements for academic schools vs non academic ones in the catholic system and catchment areas etc. Inclusion, poor being asked to pay for bussing away from area to other schools, etc. All fascinating, to see the stated principles etc being used to show the school boards and system policies are just a bunch of for-show-only.

(Long read in next links)

Motion Regarding Catchment Areas for All ECSD High Schools, Part 1
Motion Regarding Catchment Areas for All ECSD High Schools, Part 2

I’m biased, being a product of public schools and not having any option other than public where I lived (aside from not being required to go to church after I got to an age where I decided it wasn’t for me).

I know what I’m thinking is why do we have separate school systems, or even private schools, and why bus kids across cities away from home neighborhood area schools at all. I am a simpleton though, thinking just mash them all into nearest schools and fund and support equally.

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