Learn From History Before you Complain


I wonder if this parent (Jehovah Witness)is aware that many of her fellow believers died in the NAZI concentration camps along with Jews-Gypsy’s, homosexuals and many other unfortunate souls. Does she think we could have or would have wanted to make peace with the Hitler regime . I’m so angry that she would dare tell us not to remember our Fallen Hero’s. See the article below that appeared in the Guardian Newspaper recently.

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Peace-making over Remembrance Day stories for children offends retired reservist

A former military reservist in Prince Edward Island says she is shocked and upset that a class of five and six-year-olds could not hear stories about Remembrance Day in a public library due to the religious background of one child.

Fran Albrecht visited a public library in Georgetown a few weeks ago, looking to borrow a Remembrance Day-themed book for her grandchildren.

During their discussion, it came to light that the librarian had been asked not to read Remembrance Day stories to a class of kindergarten and Grade 1 children.

“She said she could talk about peace-making and peacekeeping, but she doesn’t read about Remembrance Day, so I was quite concerned,” Albrecht said.

The librarian explained this was because one child in the class belonged to the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

Albrecht says she worries this means children in this class cannot learn about the services of Canada’s veterans or about the history of men and women who have given their lives in military service.

She sent letters outlining her concerns to Tourism Minister Robert Henderson, who is responsible for provincial libraries across the province. She also sent letters to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and Education Minister Alan McIsaac.

“In order to respect the religious beliefs of the student, the teacher has requested that library staff read stories that would not exclude him from attending the program,” Henderson replied to Albrecht in an email last week.

But she says this does nothing to allay her concerns.

“I’m offended, angry, really upset that this is going on in a public library system,” says Albrecht, who is a retired military reservist and also a retired schoolteacher.

She does not understand why a whole class of children could not learn about Remembrance Day as a result of one class member’s religious affiliation.

“We modify the programming so quickly, so easily at the disadvantage of the majority,” she said.

“Children should learn about Remembrance Day, I feel… we have a history and it’s important to share it with our young people. This is important to us, to proudly wear the poppy and have our five and six year-old children understand why we are going to the cenotaph every Nov. 11. I do believe deeply it’s an important thing to share.”

Henderson was unavailable for an interview Friday, but a spokesman for his department said accommodation was made to ensure no child was left out.

“We try to be as inclusive as possible in all of our library programming,” said Andrew Sprague, senior communications officer in the Department of Tourism.

“We were asked to prepare a story time session by a teacher at the local school that spoke to peacekeeping and peace-making so that all students in the Grade 1 and kindergarten class could participate.”

Peacekeeping and peace-making are two important functions of Canadian troops, so the department felt the program spoke to the spirit of Remembrance Day while also allowing all students to participate, Sprague explained.

“We certainly didn’t want a situation to develop where a very young child was forced to stay at school alone while the rest of the students in the child’s class went to enjoy story time at the local library.”

God Bless and keep reading

legion

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