Saturday, January 9, 2010
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
January IXth, MMX
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
It seems to me that the Religious Studies 15, 25 & 35 courses offered by the Alberta Distance Learning Centre are just too Christian based. I am not trying to offend Christian believers &/or groups as I am a Christian man myself. But it just seems that alternate courses should be offered in the Religious spectrum. I know that there are comparisons in the courses to other great world religions, but I would & will argue that each religion should have its own set of courses. This would not only offer a chance for new planning & new ideas. But teachers who are Christian can learn about the persectives of other teachers, say Hindu & Jewish teachers.
So what I am proposing is that there are alternate courses taught from other religions and then relate them to eachother & back to Christianity. For Example:
Religious Studies 16, 26 & 36: Judaism.
Religious Studies 17, 27 & 37: Islam.
Religious Studies 18, 28 & 38: Buddhism. Etc, etc, etc.
There should also be interactive tours online of all manner of places of worship, from all over this sublime Province. This will promote equal visual education to students who are less fortunate financially or incapacitated to the point at which they cannot travel to a facility. There should be no barriers to not just education, but religious education. Plus, all students from all religions shuld be able to take the credits for every course in every Religion!
Source: The United Nations Languages Division.