Program cost an irony in public education

Parents asked to pay for program to explore Canadian politics, diversity and democracy

My youngest daughter brought home today information about an upcoming program for all intermediate students in her school. The program allows students to “explore Canadian politics, diversity and democracy.” However, “due to an increase in the number of intermediate students and the increase in cost of the program” each student is requested to bring $4 to cover the cost of the program. So families have to subsidize a program for their children to learn about government at a time when our own government inadequately funds our public education system to the point that students have to pay to learn about their political system. Does this make any sense at all?

Shannon Toronitz

Brentwood Bay