Articles by David Hunt
By David Hunt
March 31, 2021
The latest call to defund Ontario’s Catholic schools both rewrites Canadian history and goes counter to international schooling norms, Cardus Education Program Director David Hunt argues.
If schooling is compulsory and taxpayer supported, it is only right and just that faith communities receive support for their own schools alongside the common school system Who sends their kids to Ontario’s 1,500 independent schools? Studies conducted in 2019 and 2007 find that Ontario independent-school parents are largely typical, everyday folks who choose their school for its safety and nurturing environment
April 9, 2020
A Saskatchewan Court decision upholding religious freedom and pluralism for parents and students shines a light in gloomy times, writes Cardus Education Director David Hunt.
Conversely, in this most recent case, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal called out GSSD for discriminating against students based on their religion – or non-religion Furthermore, the decision notes the inappropriateness of the GSSD making a religious freedom argument – not for themselves but on other...
January 17, 2020
A B.C. court decision declaring native smudging ceremonies as mere cultural practices is troubling whitewashing of the bond between spiritual practice and religious meaning, argue Brian Dijkema and David Hunt.
In this case, one side wanted smudging ceremonies, and Indigenous dance and prayer allowed in public schools Similarly, the opposing argument undermined freedom of religion in education, by essentially opposing the practice of religion in public schools – citing the state’s duty of neutrality ...