Vouchers are an excellent wedge issue.
It will be breaking a quasi-monopoly that OPSU has over education--they wouldn't be able to send all of Ontario's public school kids home whenever they decide to strike--parents would be able to send their kids to other schools.
It would put incentives in place to reward productive, effective teachers and push incompetent ones out of the profession.
If would provide the equivilent of a Catholic school board for every faith if it was implemented properly.
I could not have said that any better!
I see it as a way for Parents to have more choices and a way to make the schools compete.
To survive and compete they would have to weed out the bad teachers.
They really only need two boards.
Public and Religious (it would be made up of all religious schools)
I'm a Christian and it would be nice and easy if all the other religions became Christian, but since thats not very realistic, they deserve to be recognized as equal to the Catholic schools.
All of those Parents are paying education taxes and all of their Kids deserve to share in the funding.
No one is asking for total funding of private religious schools, all they want is for the government to direct the same amount of funding that they allow for Kids in public school to be directed to the school of their choice.
I'm okay with certified Teachers.
(there are Christian Teachers colleges now)
I'm also okay with bringing in testing so we know how our Kids are doing compared to other Kids in the province.
Its one thing for religious schools to tell us their students are doing better, and its another to prove it by testing.
As far as Ontario curriculum being used, as long as they can teach it from a Christian point of view (in the case of Christian schools) its a good thing because all of the Kids will eventually be in Universities and they need a good general knowledge base.