January 09, 2016

Nanny State Ninny of 2015: Cowardly Calgary school boards wimp out

David MenziesMission Specialist

It was tough to pick our Nanny State Ninny of the year. We had so many worthy entries, as you might remember!

Our winner?

Two Calgary school boards have banned students' trips abroad, citing fear of terrorism (and their "legal and moral obligations" to students.)

It's a fix for a problem that doesn't exist.

Yes, terrorism is on the rise around the world, but why let terrorists "win" by denying children such enriching experiences?

The children are actually at far greater risk while their parents are driving them to school.


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commented 2016-01-11 08:22:17 -0500
I find it interesting that Michael Mann is using the example of lightning strike injuries and deaths as an example of why The Rebel is doing something wrong by consistently reporting on those who purport to be doing the will of Mohammed and Allah. The reason I find it interesting is that I remember, as a child, being told multiple times to come inside during lightning storms so I don’t get hit. Where to avoid standing or being (right beside the tallest tree, swimming in the middle of a lake) is something we were cautioned and coached about by both family and teachers. The reason there aren’t many lightning injuries in the western world as there could be is because we know better than to go running around in open fields during lightning storms holding golf clubs, baseball bats, or sheets of roofing metal. The Rebel’s treatment of violent Islamists is similar to the warning we all got about the dangers of lightning. Thanks for making the apt comparison Michael Mann. We can greatly diminish the risk of death-by-Islamist if we follow some common-sense rules, just like with lightning.

Unless you see nothing wrong with running around in rainstorms holding lightning rods?
commented 2016-01-11 05:45:16 -0500
Don’t worry Calgary School Boards, with Prophet Nenshi in charge, terrorism will come to your kids here without going overseas just as it came to the Ten X night club.
commented 2016-01-10 19:52:12 -0500
The Boards are afraid, but not of Moslems. They are afraid of insurance companies, two bit litigation lawyers, and the 5% of parents that will use both. That is where the fear resides. Awesomely, where I live, one Board has confirmed a trip to Ecuador for 2016. The other Board are not wimps either. So the educational trips are going to continue because of the gonads, both male and female, the teachers, parents, and minor educrats have in rural Alberta. Urban educators on the other hand are sh*t, a dog trainer is an educator and that is where urban educators are. Rural TEACHERS are not educators, but teachers, except the local bureaucrats of course.
commented 2016-01-10 14:03:22 -0500
“The children are actually at far greater risk while their parents are driving them to school.”.

Yes, which is precisely the reason why the students should have taken the trip.
But, let’s be careful about the trap door under our feet. If we are willing to say that we all should basically get on with our lives as if terrorism is not a problem, then, shouldn’t we also say we should not willingly erode our civil liberties? If we are willing to erode our civil liberties to fight terrorism then doesn’t that also make the terrorists win?

Now, let the hypocrisy commence.
commented 2016-01-10 10:13:30 -0500
“..since we don’t live in a constant war zone.”

MICHAEL MANN. Was that quote from the Mayor of Malmo, Cologne, or Rotherham?
commented 2016-01-10 09:56:51 -0500
Menzies is getting more desperate for attention these days. Has he ever considered that school board decisions are usually the result of input from concerned parents?
commented 2016-01-09 21:48:50 -0500

All the more reason to be suspicious of the CINOs in the CPC. Were they not there when the Immigration Minister ramped up the immigration because it was believed to be the right thing to do for the CPC? We all know how well that went.

The current leadership of the CPC cannot be trusted for one reason and one reason alone: they cowered to Islamists. Say what one will, the CINOs are the cowards and must be wiped out.
commented 2016-01-09 19:03:07 -0500

Yes – the Western World. That should go without saying, since we don’t live in a constant war zone.
commented 2016-01-09 18:15:11 -0500
Don MacDonald, I also must have gone to school in the same era as yourself 1950’s to mid-60’s for elementary and high school. If I had ever gone home and said a teacher had scolded me or whatever, my father would have said “What did you do to cause that?” My grade 10 history teacher would have been crucified by today’s parents but at my time he was considered by we students and our parents as amusing and a good disciplinarian. He could wake up a daydreaming students with a very accurate pitch of a piece of chalk even those in the far back of the room. Very effective, I know! He was also very good at catching houseflies as they flew by…he had a very good reaction time (as well as aim) which none of we students ever achieved but so admired. In Grade 8 all our small city students from all schools got on the CPR train in the morning and went to Regina to visit the Legislative Buildings and RCMP training quarters (no one could afford those far off jaunts of today but we learned quite a bit and had lots of fun). We visited the RCMP museum and I always remember seeing the rope which hanged Louis Riel. These days, now familiar with Mr. Riel, I am not quite as thrilled about this museum item which was very intriguing in my naïve youth. The most danger to youth in my day was when some kids got their parents car, loaded it up with friends and beer and went drunkenly speeding down rural roads. There were at least two instances that I remember in which several kids got killed by a ditched and rolled car. At least we as kids had a choice in the matter, but what choice, as rare as such events may be, exists victims of terrorist attacks? Or, what choices to avoid possibly being shot by youth who now use weapons instead of fists to settle differences? We live in somewhat terrible times but danger has always existed for youth for it is usually accident rather than health which takes them from us.
commented 2016-01-09 18:04:52 -0500
Don MacDonald Great post and right on the money!!
commented 2016-01-09 15:07:49 -0500
Stick to the topic of public school beauracrats and don’t get into the broader issue of terrorism. You can do something about the education of your children and stop the “perceived” threat of violence against them but what can you do about the larger threat of global terrorism?? Go to Syria and fight with the Christian Brigades if you want before we have to do it here in Alberta. Otherwise start educating your own children to be the ones who will rebuild Canada after the Western world collapses under its own stupidity!!
Anyone commenting here who is not recognizing the persistent violent history of the Islamic religion over the past 1200 years is choosing to ignore it out of fear. Also, don’t confuse state religions (popery) with Christ’s Church throughout history. Christ’s church provided freedom/education throughout the world whether Protestant Missionaries preached the Bible. (salvation and sin) Where Catholic proselitizing took place the vast majority never gained freedoms for men. In fact the Catholic Church persecuted people such as Protestant Christians. Catholisicm teaches bondage to the Catholic Church not freedom in Christ. Control is control whether its Marxism, Communism, Socialism or Catholiscism. (state religion)
And if all you can do is argue that Christianity has violence you must just stop and think which one produced freedom/education for all men, Islam or Christianity. When Islam starts killing homosexuals, raping women and children, killing anyone not Muslim it will be Christians who will once again put their lives on the line to protect these people groups like they did for Jews in WWII.

Wise up before its too late!
commented 2016-01-09 14:25:08 -0500
Regardless of the difference in the odds between death by terrorists or by lightening, Michael may learn here at the Rebel that there is a lot that can be done to reduce the risk of terrorists in our country, and these initiatives should be pursued vigorously. There’s not very much can be done about lightening, unless you’ve been endowed with the arrogance of the eco-whackos who will control lightening strikes by worshiping at the alters of Gore the Almighty and Saint Suzuki and of course dutifully paying their carbon tithe.
commented 2016-01-09 14:18:38 -0500
Kids should be taught to be aware of the danger inherent in Muslims but they should not be taught fear.

In the UK the Muslims have a system that they use to call in backup on their Cell Phones. Brit kids have started a similar system, they set up their Cell Phones to a Conference text and if they feel that they are in danger, they just Text, * King / Bayview (Three asterisks and street location). This will call in all their friends, who will converge on the given location. They also have parents included in this system so Moms and Dads can be there also. Not just for their own Kids but for all the Kids. It works.
commented 2016-01-09 13:56:15 -0500
Well, I don’t know bout that, MICHAEL MANN. All I can find is estimates of lightning deaths – and that ranges from 6,000 to 24,000 per year. Total worldwide deaths at the hands of muzzie-wugs far exceeds the top figure. In Iraq alone ISIS has killed 170,000 people.

Now, you can (and probably will) point out that you were talking about deaths in the Western World; to which I will counter that, for the time being, you might be right. However, it is not contestable that more people are murdered by muzzie-wugs than are murdered by lightning.
commented 2016-01-09 13:39:33 -0500
D Mary,

Well The Rebel should warn of lighting strikes too, because you are more likely to hit by lightning over being killed by a Muslim. Muslims are actually a lesser threat to you over nature.
commented 2016-01-09 13:21:31 -0500
iPad autocorrect made a mistake in my comment. It should read “The Rebel isn’t telling anyone to be afraid…” But it got the rest right, Michael Mann aka Gordo Steele is a wussy.
commented 2016-01-09 13:20:23 -0500
Okay, we have a government who for a long time has been running ideological educational institutes. Even when the Conservatives were in power we had teachers unions and beauracrats setting the agenda by interpreting legislation to their views. I have been private/home schooled and I am doing the same for my 4 children and my parents were not wealthy by any stretch. Now my reasons were that God was being taken out of our education system unlike the Magna Carta which is full of God & Church. Democracy exists on God’s Morals and Freedoms for men. (John Adams said that so argue with him!) Get off your lazy butt’s people and take your kids out of a failing public school!! Yes it’s hard and requires some effort but they are your kids!! (for now anyways until we become like Sweden or Norway) There is funding and plenty of help if you cannot 100% teach them yourselves. The homeschoolers have the best scores nation wide and get an A+ for being independent thinkers. It’s either that or open revolt against your government? Go to the annual AHEA conference in Red Deer and find out what you can legally do to take the power away from the ideologists that they were never meant to have!! You are now empowered with info. what you choose to do with it is the real question.
commented 2016-01-09 13:19:53 -0500
Michael Mann, you are a wussy. The Rebel is telling anyone to be afraid, they are calling a spade, a spade, that terrorists are coming into our country, plain and simple. The Rebel is taking the opposite stand of what you say. Go away Steele.
commented 2016-01-09 12:51:03 -0500
The methodology at work here is clear: teach children to fear Muslims.

Yes, fear them. Fear their power; fear their anger; fear them all. This is how a society of cowards is created. And cowards are the most compliant – they will given into anything.
commented 2016-01-09 12:47:46 -0500
They do not want to take the Kids on Trips abroad for fear of Terrorism! Well they may just as well close down all the schools. They only have to look at the number of Terrorist’s that Dipstick Trudeau is importing and they will come to the collusion that the Kids are in just as much danger, just sitting in school, in Canada.
commented 2016-01-09 12:46:28 -0500
I’d be going as one of the chaperones if my kid was going on a trip abroad with the school (terrorists or no) I know you are right Menzies, about the odds, but travelling abroad these days would indeed make me nervous. It may not stop me though. I am a chicken spit, but would make myself go. The Calgary school board should have at least given the parents final word.
commented 2016-01-09 12:41:24 -0500
I find it interesting that David acknowledges the truth here – that we are more likely to win the lottery or get hit by lightning over being killed by a terrorist and yet The Rebel’s focus is telling us how the terrorist Muslim boogeyman is coming to get us and we should all be very afraid.

Fear mongering? Absolutely.
commented 2016-01-09 12:21:20 -0500
Great post Don….we must have gone to the same school…and had the same parents!
commented 2016-01-09 11:17:59 -0500
The schools of our parents and us are not the same schools today. Long gone are the focused aims of schools to produce young citizens who understand the requirements to stand on their own two feet and understand and respect the need for working for the common good . When I was a kid , if you got the strap for being bad you didn’t dare tell your parents because your dad would give you another strapping for being bad at school. Today parents sue the schools boards for daring to correct their little tyrants behaviour.
Instead of teaching old subjects like geography and history they teach multiculturalism because the schools are flooded with kids from Third World countries who are placed in age appropriate classes but are at least a grade or two behind . However putting them in remedial classes where they won’t struggle to keep up would be considered racist .
Instead of teaching kids to be critical thinkers today they teach them PC -political correctness and they practice it relentlessly.
The kids graduate to colleges where their critical thinking skills have morphed into leftist ideology that is accepting of ideas as long as they’re the same as their way of viewing the world – the way their teachers taught them to view the world.
commented 2016-01-09 10:55:38 -0500
I wouldn’t ever allow a school board to take my children abroad anywhere regardless of the threat of terrorism or not. Geesh, my kids can’t even stand going on the Catholic school day trips five minutes away. Field trips mean a day off for them.
commented 2016-01-09 09:57:38 -0500
Well, they wimped alright – but I just can’t get it through my head why school boards are “taking children abroad” in the first place. Around here, it invariably seems that the student enrichment is happening in Florida vacation spots.