We, like Donna Hunter, had no idea when we moved to Morinville that it was the only town in Alberta where all of the public schools are Catholic schools. Yes we should have done our research before buying but it honestly never occurred to us that we needed to. We assumed that every town had a regular public school. Now finally the question has been asked. Why should our children not be given access to the same non faithed based education that every other Albertan is entitled to receive unless we are willing to go out of town to get it? Those few who have been willing to speak out against change have been less than open minded “Conform or get out”, “bus or move” and in the same sentence “don’t you want your children to learn tolerance, respect, good values and morals?” as if we are somehow incapable of teaching our children those things in absence of religion. To us, this is all about choice and the lack thereof. Morinville has grown dramatically over the last ten years and its population is becoming more diverse. Schools should reflect that change. Busing our children is only a temporary solution to a problem that has been accumulating for years. No one is trying to take choice away from parents who want their children to receive a Catholic education and we have absolutely no disrespect for the teachers and staff at the Catholic school our children currently attend. They are doing their job and teaching our children under their Catholic mandate. It is, however not a mandate we choose for them. As their parents the ultimate choice about what religious influences, if any, our children receive should be made by us. We thank Donna Hunter and the delegation of proponent parents for their bravery in finally and publicly challenging the staus quo and refusing to just conform. We stand with you. 70% of the town’s students are not from Catholic parents. It is time for change, and what is so wrong with that?
Trevor and Jennifer Love, Morinville