Setanta
 
Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:23 am
So, the Toronto Catholic District Schools have decided that children in their schools should sing the national anthem every day, acapella, and that this will instill patriotism. Just so's ya don't think this is an ambush, i think they're goofy. So what do you think? Anyone from any nation, of course, can respond.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:30 am
@Setanta,
well sure, and i suppose me singing, "kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit" makes me an opera singer
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:35 am
@djjd62,
No, no, no . . . opera lover . . .
djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:42 am
@Setanta,
ha

as for the story, when i first heard the idea on the news, i was amused (but not shocked) by the adults (who are no longer in school) who thought it was a good idea, and the kids (who will be doing the singing) who thought it was a bad idea

but more power to the board, we all know the best way to make kids appreciate or accept a concept is by forcing them to do something Rolling Eyes
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:46 am
@djjd62,
Yeah, they were talking to a representative of the Catholic District Schools on the radio, and she was very enthusiastic--talking about all the positive feedback she'd been getting. I think they could hear my eyes rolling in the house next door.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:54 am
@Setanta,
you should also let the kids then wave those maple syrup flags and shout obscenities as the opposing hockey team when they sing the Anthem.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 11:00 am
@Setanta,
I'm of mixed mind on this issue. When I was a kid in catholic school we not only sung the anthem, we said our morning round of prayers. I don't believe in enforcing nationalism is necessary. That being said, I well up almost every time I hear the tune. And, these kids will have an advantage over the rest of us, in that they'll probably learn all the words and not have to mumble through the french bits..
Irishk
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 11:01 am
@Setanta,
Acapella??? Teachers might need earplugs lol.

Is it for all grades? The little ones might think it's fun, but middle and high-schoolers will think 'LAME'!

We are talking private schools here, right?
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 11:01 am
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:
And, these kids will have an advantage over the rest of us, in that they'll probably learn all the words and not have to mumble through the french bits.


I liteally laughed aloud at that one . . .
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 20 Apr, 2012 11:07 am
@Irishk,
No. Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Qu├ębec) rebelled in the mid-1830s, and the boys on the scene brutally pressed the uprising. The government in London panicked at the thought of a perpetually rebelling pair of provinces, so they created Canada West and Canada East (formerly Upper an Lower, respecively) and then joined them in a single province, with its own provincial parliament. They left the two entities to work out the details.

Canada West wanted les habitants to provide public, secular schools for the English-speakers in Canada East (where the Catholic Church ran the schools), so they agreed to set up Catholic Schools in Canada West. So these are Catholic schools, and they are also public schools, in that the province pays for them.
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