I can relate to Alberta school officials who've decided that watching politicians in action at the provincial legislature would be too disturbing for malleable young minds.
Innisfail Middle School sent a letter last fall to the speaker, premier and opposition leaders that they would no longer include a visit to the chamber in session as part of future tours of the legislature. It complained the disrespectful way government and opposition MLAs treat each other was hardly likely to foster respect in Alberta's central democratic institution.
It's an understandable reaction, but I think it's the wrong one.
The letter, reported by CBC News, was triggered by a Grade 6 social studies class visit in November.
"The overarching goal of the curriculum is to instill a sense of respect and desire for participation in the democratic process," the letter said.
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