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What About "Faith-Based Students"?

Good news for Christian schools! Christian schools in Quebec are making progress. After government inspections brought media attention to several unaccredited Christian schools recently, these schools made changes that have now allowed them to receive provisional accreditation from the ministry of education.

A branch of Trinity Western University has also drawn media attention. The National Post observes that something unique is taking place at the Laurentian Leadership Centre’s downtown Ottawa mansion and reports that at this faith-based school “the sharpest edge of intellectual evangelical Christianity…has set up shop.”

News has focused on faith-based schools recently, especially in Ontario, notes The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s legal counsel, Don Hutchinson, but he asks, “What about "faith-based" students?” Parents send their children to a public school on principle, or because they can’t afford to pay taxes as well as tuition at a Christian school. How does this affect their children?

These are some of the top education stories this week. Among news stories, we would also like to draw your attention to the following:

ChristianWeek reports that 12 Canadians were among 100 faith leaders who had a unique opportunity to meet with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his September visit to the U.S. What was the purpose of the meeting? "As people of faith, we have the opportunity and the obligation to encourage dialogue," says Don Peters, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the group that organized the meeting.

Also, based on a Catholic Education Resource Centre article, here is a question for you:  Do you think that given enough time, monkeys hammering away on typewriters could type out a Shakespeare sonnet?  Stephen Hawking not only thinks so, but he is so convincing in his argument that college students in Britain actually gave it a try.

We invite you to enjoy these selections and check out other inspiring and informative articles below.


Daina Doucet
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