Criticisms ill informed

Options other than SOGI available, writer says

Mr. Rock, I found your recent comments on SOGI insulting, derogatory and ill-informed.

Are you aware that many of the people you label as those on the “wrong side” may be much better educated and more informed that you or your contemporaries concerning the Bible and its place in history, as well as their understanding of the advancements in science and the social problems that beset our society?

You would have us believe that the SOGI platform is “the right way to think”, and that this movement and its apparent planned sabotage of parental rights is the way to ameliorate the underlying social issues in our schools today. It might surprise you to know that there are other pedagogies beside SOGI to help schools overcome bullying and misogyny. As a former counsellor, teacher and principal of various schools, I take exception to this polarized way of thinking.

There is a reason why many world class writers and thinkers appreciated and drew upon scriptures from the Bible, of which William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Northrop Frye, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen and John Milton, are but a few to mention. There is a reason why some of our public and private schools in the past that never embraced a SOGI philosophy excelled in academics and moral standing.

In my 36 years in education I found that principled teachers and administration, working as a team, in harmony with parents and their values, best advanced the students, the schools and their standing and respect in the community. I submit that you maligned that which you know not.

Lloyd Colling

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