The Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention got underway Thursday as the Alberta government announced a bill to slash school fees.
The convention’s focus is on many topics, including teacher wellness, and features several high-profile speakers.
Karl Subban, father to Nashville Predators’ defenseman P.K. Subban, is a former school principal in Toronto. He spoke at the convention and talked about the importance of parents spending time with their kids. He used his kids as an example.
“Of all the things we can give them, and they need a lot from us, time with them should never be overlooked,” he said. “That’s how they grew their interests in hockey, in basketball, and eventually it grew into a passion.”
“They might not like what you’re doing with them, but it puts them on the path to discover something about themselves, and to discover their capabilities.”
Subban said this nurturing of passions is how his kids grew to be great athletes.
“What I found and discovered when the children were young, it’s not that they love basketball, or skating, they loved when mom and dad were with them,” he said. “If there’s one strategy that really worked, that was it.”
Subban added that children need to find out what they excel at early in their lives.
“I believe that they should be good at something other than school,” he said. “But I wanted them to know what they’re good at, at a very early age. I think it’s really important that our children know what they’re good at, and the younger they know it, the better off they’re going to be in life.”
The convention wraps up Friday.