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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

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Coming back with their marbles

From today’s editorial in The Toronto Star:

Who says Canadian elections are boring? Or that Canadian voters are disengaged?

A day into the campaign, the Conservatives and NDP lapsed into an absurd debate about the debates – and provoked a furious backlash from voters that put them on the defensive.

New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton’s cynical attempt to blackball Green Party Leader Elizabeth May touched a nerve even within his own party, where political activism and democratic debate are sacrosanct among the rank and file.

Turns out Layton held the key all along. By aligning himself with Harper’s fatuous claim that May shouldn’t participate, he gave the Conservatives political cover. As soon as Layton buckled, Harper caved – lest he be the odd man out in trying to keep a woman out.

They had accused May of being too close to Stéphane Dion’s Liberals. Even if true, so what? Why should May’s preferences or tactics disqualify her from addressing voters? Would Layton be disqualified from the debate for echoing Harper’s press lines?

The Greens are running candidates all across Canada, can now claim an MP of their own, and garnered an impressive 664,000 votes in the last election. Public opinion polls show up to three-quarters of Canadians want the Greens onstage debating vital environmental issues. Many of them made their voices heard this week – a reminder that our democratic impulses are alive and well.

But it’s also a reminder that we should rethink how these debates are hosted and held. The consortium of television networks hardly distinguished itself by acquiescing to empty threats from Harper and Layton. It took the collective outrage of Canadian voters to call their bluffs. Before the next election, a more responsible, accountable and civic-minded sponsor should take charge of the debates.

A very handy lesson for my children in this election year.

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2 Responses

  1. I also noticed that Harper mentioned the war yesterday. (My oblique reference to Fawlty Towers was unintentional but I think it is apt.)

  2. JoVE, I almost quoted Manuel the other day — ¿Que? Which could almost be a standard response to most of what I read and hear about both elections. To move from Fawlty Towers by way of Basil/John Cleese to Monty Python, have you seen this,

    http://www.michaelpalinforpresident.com/

    ?

    Must admit that when I heard on the radio “McCain (bla bla bla) Vice President (bla bla bla) nominated (bla bla bla) Palin”, I did think, Michael Palin?? Not helped by the fact that we finally have from the library his DVDs of “Around the World in 80 Days”. Now that WOULD be a dream ticket…

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