October 14, 2020
22% of Parents are Unhappy

To: 158 reporters and commentators; 14 trustee candidates and trustees; 13 of the many voters who are very concerned about our "one-size-fits-all" school boards; and 311 generally interested folks including members of the Social Mavrik Federation.

From: Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation

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CAMPBELL RIVER: Bob Bray is pleased to describe:
  • 1) Parental Unhappiness - Cause and Solution
  • 2) The 22% Measurement
  • 3) Methodology Used for the 22% Measurement
1) Parental Unhappiness - Cause and Solution
What can an unhappy parent do?

Until recently a widely accepted cultural consensus about what should be taught in schools has existed. The three R's, reading, writing, arithmetic and history, geography, social studies, science and physical education - all of these subjects and a few more are highly regarded by the overwhelming majority of parents and taxpayers.

On the other hand, sex education has been controversial over the years and objecting parents have been satisfactorily accommodated by allowing their children to skip the sex education lessons.

The new gender studies lessons are also controversial but they are integrated into reading, writing and social studies lessons so that it is impossible for students to skip presentations that include sex change topics.

Our school boards have a problem meeting the preferences of parents who object to their children being taught from the sex change lesson plans that have been approved for use in K-12 classrooms.

Since there is no obvious way to accommodate parents in a regular school and because the cultural consensus around proper subjects has broken down, what can a parent do?

A parent can try to mitigate the damage. The parent can talk to their child's teacher about the sex change lesson plans that will be taught by him or her. If the teacher's professional approach to age appropriateness is not acceptable to the parent, the parent can discuss the matter with the principal. If not resolved at the school level, a complaint form can be completed and submitted to the Board for its consideration.

If the parent finds that the British Columbia school in their neighborhood does not accommodate her or his wishes for their child's education he or she will seek an alternative.

The local pressure from these province-wide conditions will only become more intense over time as the sex change lesson plans are rolled out into regular classrooms.

And luckily there is a local solution. The pressure from unhappy parents can be relieved by allowing the formation of 20 independent public charter schools. Alberta has developed this solution for 26 years.

The charter school principal would hire teachers with an age appropriate approach to the gender studies curriculum and could easily fire teachers who are overly zealous in its implementation.

The current extent of parental unhappiness has been measured by votes cast in the 2018 trustee election for trustees who appeared to be standing against the use of the sex change lesson plans.
2) The 22% Measurement
22% of Parents are Unhappy with use of Sex Change Lesson Plans in K-12 Reading and Writing Classes
Detailed information about the School Boards represented by the above Trustee Electoral Areas can be seen by clicking on the underlined area name.
3) Methodology used for the 22% measurement
From the 2018 Trustee Election
During the 2018 School Trustee election there were 45 trustee candidates who appeared to be publicly against the use of sex change lesson plans for reading, writing and social studies subjects. These 45 candidates campaigned in 14 out of 60 school board elections and 10 were elected.

Trustees are elected on a preferential ballot that can include more than one trustee candidate name in an electoral area. This means that each voter has up to 7 votes and in some cases up to 9 votes. To count the number of "Unhappy Voters" we used only the votes for the highest vote-getter of those who appeared to stand against the use of sex change lesson plans in a particular electoral area.

To determine the total number of voters who cast a ballot in each electoral area, the number of ballots accepted for the mayoralty candidates was used. This number is the maximum possible number of trustee ballots. The main source for this information is the Civic Info website.

For counting the Greater Campbell River trustee ballots a copy of the Trustee Election Ballot Account for each of the 11 advance voting and regular voting poll stations was obtained from the Strathcona Regional District.

The "Unhappy Rate" results from dividing the number of unhappy voters by the maximum number of ballots accepted and expressing the quotient as a percentage.
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Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation
Phone: 250-504-0052
Mail: 784 Bowen Drive, Campbell River, British Columbia V9H 1S2
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