The Wildrose Party is asking Alberta’s education minister to be as transparent as possible as the government makes changes to the school curriculum.
Education Critic Mark Smith says there’s a lot of changes that are planned and teachers and parents need to know what’s happening every step of the way.
“We have some of the best trained teachers in the world,” says Smith. “But it’s a significant re-writing of the curriculum, and it’s going to take a huge amount of effort on the part of all teachers across the province. As well as the parent councils and the major stakeholders in education.”
Smith says he’s glad to hear that the government will be accepting input from the public on the plan, because he says it is a large undertaking.
“This is a very serious thing,” explains Smith. “We need to make sure that we have more clarity in this from the minister, to ensure that as we go through this process the consultation is there.”
But, Smith adds they have to make sure they’re implementing the right revisions.
“We do have to make sure it’s not just change for changes’ sake,” says Smith. “And we do have to make sure that as we’re going through this that we are equipping our students with the appropriate skills and knowledge that they’re going to need to be able to succeed.
The government announced a six-year plan to revamp the school curriculum in six areas including language arts, math, social studies, and science – in both English and French.
The changes will be rolled out in stages starting with K-4 by the end of 2018 and finishing with high school by 2022. (km/Newstalk770)