Thursday, November 02, 2006

What's Up, Quebec?

Anyone know French?

This is apparently an influencial newspaper in Quebec. Its writers seem to have it in for homeschoolers which make up about .5% of the population up there. Cleo, a visitor on The Well-Trained Mind message board had this to say:

This newspaper is a small one, but taken very seriously, and usually read by influencial people.

La loi devrait surtout interdire à toute personne, morale et physique, d'organiser ou de dispenser, durant les heures de classe et en dehors du cadre de la loi, un enseignement aux enfants d'âge scolaire.

The law should proscribe anyone, moral or physical person, from organising, and giving, during class hours, and outside of the boundaries in the law, any teaching to children of school age.

ok, my translation sucks, it's a hard sentence to translate. Basically, they're calling for the law to be changed so that no one can teach children outside of a school building, and without a teacher diploma, during school hours...

Wow.. That left me speechless...

I don't know a lick of French, so I'm taking her word for it.

I don't get it. Why are people so afraid of homeschooling? Furthermore, they are such a small population up there; why even bother? Will Quebec go the way of Germany?

2 Comments:

At 11/02/2006 8:57 AM, Anonymous Jaime said...

Wow. It always scares me a little bit when governments try to tell parents how to do their job. It's understandable to an extent when the child's life is in danger, but this is a little over the top.

When I was in grad school, we studied the history of education. You'd be surprised how tied to politics it is. It was almost like the schools existed to further the interests and agenda of the state.

 
At 11/02/2006 7:21 PM, Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

That is a pretty fair translation of the billboard, from what I can piece out with my limited French.

 

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