Alberta Mirror

Monday, January 17, 2022

Parents, professors rally over Alberta’s K-12 curriculum

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • The region states it wants to have a sufficiently viable curriculum for students.
  • In Calgary, about 100 people collected in front of McDougall Centre to rally against scratches and changes to education in this region. 

Calgary’s students and teachers gather for a rally: 

Worries over Alberta’s kindergarten to Grade 12 draft school curriculum has provoked about 100 teachers and parents to rally on Saturday against the differences and cuts to education.

This week the government of the Northwest Territories declared they would be declining the Alberta school curriculum in acceptance of the curriculum in British Columbia.

N.W.T. Education Minister R.J. Simpson created the report Thursday after his department spent two years studying western Canadian school curriculums to see which one finest mirrored the territories’ educational preferences.

“We have gaps in attainment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students,” Simpson informed the media this week. Source – cbc.ca

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Calgary’s teachers and students gather for a rally

“We need to confirm that we are preparing to Indigenous students in a way that they are going to connect to and is running to be valuable to them.” Source – cbc.ca

Outside Calgary’s McDougall Centre on Saturday afternoon, Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling stated teachers are already tired of the pandemic, and that matters over the curriculum counts an additional layer.

“Attempting to enforce a curriculum that is not well-received, that is full of errors, that is not age or grade appropriate is causing higher stress,” he stated. Source – cbc.ca

Along with that, he states cuts to education grants as well as increasing class measures, have made individuals concerned about the future of education in the region. University of Alberta instructor Krista Li states she’s seen the negative results of cuts to post-secondary education first hand, and that both students and educators are grazed up.

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