Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion over­haul re­quired

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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