It is well known that large number of non-Catholic (and non-Christian) students attend Catholic high schools for various reasons (friends, good football team, proximity, etc). This is made possible by Open Access laws that the catholic school boards reluctantly agreed to when they accepted full funding from Bill Davis.
However, my investigation of OCSB elementary schools shows that they are defacto open access as well – not be government edict, but because they want to enlarge themselves without concern for the ramifications.
The Board likes to brag about their “Catholicity” by showing this page:
While their website states that non-Catholics can go if there is space availability, the truth appears to be that there is always space availability and enrolling at a Catholic school is first-come-first-served regardless of one’s religion. The de jure requirement of a baptism certificate is just that – de jure only.
A friend of this CIA blog forwarded this FOI letter he got today:
In the above email, you will see:
a) the Board has NO idea how many non-Catholic students are enrolled in their elementary schools. In fact, there could be some classrooms where the majority of students are not even Catholic. No wonder teachers only teach religion in the greatest of generalities (Kumbaya) in order to not offend anyone. I have heard of several instances of teachers refusing crucifixes (offered by parents) in their classrooms to replace simple crosses – too graphic or offensive for Muslims?
b) the Board gives NO instruction about how to apply the “space availability” rules. In fact, people can enroll their children on a first-come first served perspective.
c) the Board keeps NO record of any non-Catholic student being rejected due to space considerations. If they did care to track it, perhaps the strong potential of the number ZERO could be embarrassing.
Now, it understandable why there are SO many OCSB ads (at bus-stops, on the Ottawa Citizen website etc). It is understandable why the OCSB doubled its marketing budget last year. It is understandable why their Family Welcome Centre is so popular with Saudi diplomats.
In previous posts, I have shown elementary schools behaving basically like public schools (Hot 899 rap, Orange and Black Day (vs. All Saints Eve), singing at nihilistic rock concerts (The Wall), being 100x more concerned about Mother Earth and the Religion of Recycling rather than learning the Catholic Faith, “social justice” ad nauseam, GSAs etc).
Much of this can be blamed on “Spirit of Vatican II” administration and an anti-Catholic OECTA teachers union. However, another factor must be the huge numbers of non-Catholics and non-Christians that attend OCSB elementary schools.
The watering down of the catholic school system to simply be a parallel public system will spell the death-knell of the catholic school system. The drive for students at any cost and the striving to conform with greater public on hot-button issues (contraception, gay agenda etc) are nails in the coffin.
PS: Don’t forget that stats show that grads of the parallel public (aka catholic) school are LESS likely to turn to God to help them decide what is wrong.