Provincial education overhaul required
Although education is the most important pivotal long- term force to upgrade Nova Scotia’s economy, an overriding political priority exists to protect each school in a social context.
That provides the political anonymity for not upgrading the thousands of our students who can handle higher level K12 standards progressively and effectively.
But collectively, our politicians have yet to learn that when thousands more higher level students become available to work in Nova Scotia our provincial gross domestic product could double within 20 years, rather than lose another 20,000 citizens as we did in the last 20 years.
Why? Parents with kids in school have ignored teacher union muscularity, which is tainted by their collectively overpaid, unmeasured jobs for life.
This is a higher priority than the real needs, interests and future outcomes of their thousands of students in school today.
Instead of providing our kids with the international levels of science, technology, economics and math that will enable them to develop individual passions for careers through innovative public school learning environments, Nova Scotia’s unmeasured provincial sameness continually undermines the outcomes that public school students now need to prepare for successful higher tech working lives.
Their world-class student outcomes have been traded away for the physical infrastructure that Nova Scotia parents and grandparents permit school boards to promote.
Therefore, to greatly upgrade student outcomes, do school boards have to be replaced by a legislatively- mandated academic standard to be met in Nova Scotian schools with a much more invigorating K- 12 curriculum in each grade year, that includes art and music and provincial student science, technology, economics and math outcomes being measured against international standards? Jim Peers Sydney