Religious schools in the Alberta public school system
Canada has struggled with the role of religion in public schools throughout the past half-century. The debate in recent decades is complicated by the fact that Canada is now home to so many different religions. From questioning the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in class to wearing ceremonial daggers at school, the right to exercise one's religion in public school classrooms remains the subject of fierce debate in Canada.
In 1999, 1,000 students at one Alberta school signed a petition to have the Lord's Prayer reintroduced into their school. Despite the prayer's official status as unwelcome in the classroom, the school board agreed to provide a forum for Christian children to pray each morning.
Two years later, in December 2001, the Calgary Board of Education voted unanimously to bring religious education back to public schools. They agreed to look at everything from having dedicated religious schools to system-wide religious education in all public schools in Calgary.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 18, 1983
Guest(s): Sandra Anderson, Ann Blough, Warren Stonnall
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Bob Nicholson
Last updated: January 16, 2012
Page consulted on March 27, 2013
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