To respond to the title of the article by Trudy Klassen (“Monarchy must adapt or die”), perhaps this country and its culture must repent or die.
The preamble to the constitution mentions the supremacy of God. It was not referring to the pagan gods of nature but to the one true God of the Bible, expressed in the Bible as three persons with full participation in creation.
Schools cannot effectively teach morals without religion. Schools today have a religion. It is hidden under the smock of science, cultural advancement, or evolved lore and does not work. A US court case declared secular humanism to be a religion and that is what it is - the supremacy of man, especially the individuals creating their own reality.
The English monarchy to me is a teetering tree about to fall, or at least break apart limb by limb, and become a shadow of itself, like a broken, rotting cottonwood tree but this is only a reflection of its people. Man has no hope or future without the salvation of Jesus Christ. Once the Queen of England (and Canada) dies, I fear for the future of our country.
There is no good government without the honouring of God by its habitants, democracy included. Democracy cannot work without it. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and communism crumbled, at least for a while, a Christian couple was asked by the ministry of education in Russia to prepare a morals class curriculum in all the state schools - NOT to teach Christianity, just the Bible, and it worked very effectively. I saw the testimonyon 100 Huntley Street, a couple of decades ago by the lady, guest on the show, who was likely born in the former USSR. I cannot find references online.
Since School District 57 is asking the public how to shape future school curriculum, why not do one simple thing? Include Psalm 23 and other biblical literature in addition to things like Shakespeare, which my stepson is doing in an English 11 class right now. Psalm 23 reads like a poem and is short. This psalm was removed from language reading textbooks in public schools in the 1960s, probably from a Grade 3 or 4 textbook.
Psalm 23 reads best in the King James Version, first published in 1611. It was written shortly after Shakespeare’s works. I find KJV language much easier to understand than Shakespeare. The classic “thees” and “thous” in the King James Bible were not in the everyday language at the time of authorship but were purposely differentiated for accuracy. It gives greater clarity and economy of words so the singular and plurals can are indicated each time needing the context. New Bible translators use the trick to reverse the plurality and change the interpretation to their own interpretation.