Sunday, March 15, 2009

Daniel Weinstock on Québec's Ethics and Religious Culture Program

A few months ago, I wrote a short post on Social Issues about Québec's new Ethics and Religious Culture program. Religious education may be verboten in public education in the United States, but public schools and religion have a close historical connection here in Québec. Still, the new program has been controversial--it has inspired street protests, and it has drawn fire from a variety of critics.

If anyone would like to hear more about this program, they should not miss Daniel Weinstock's upcoming presentation at the Philosophy of Education Society meeting in Montreal. The presentation, which takes place on Friday, March 20, at 3:45 PM, is entitled "Assessing Québec’s Ethics and Religious Culture Program: A Worthwhile New Direction?" Weinstock is head of the Université de Montréal's Centre for Research on Ethics, and he was one of the authors of the 1999 Proulx Report, "Religion in Secular Schools: A New Perspective for Québec," which helped set the stage for the new program. He is also an engaging speaker--the presentation should be both informative and enjoyable.

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