The Canadian province of Quebec will now require an ethics and world religions course to be taught in all high schools, including separated Catholic and private schools. The new curriculum replaces three other courses on ethics and religion taught in Quebec high schools: moral education, Catholic religious and moral instruction, and Protestant moral and religious education.
Some parents are boycotting the course, stating it threatens their children’s Christian faith. Meanwhile, the private Loyola Catholic School disagrees with the course because of its ethics content. The new course seemingly teaches ethics from a relativistic standpoint, which contradicts Loyola’s take on the classic problem of ethics, summarized by Principal Paul Donovan: "Is there a way to determine what’s right and what’s wrong, or do we just say that everything stays status quo, and nobody can ever know?"
Quebec schools can request an exemption from the government if they still don’t like the course, although from the news article, it seems most are being declined. Parents may also request individual exemptions for their children.
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