Mis­placed pri­or­i­ties in new cur­ricu­lum

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

Re: “Prov­ince re­leases draft of re­vamped K-4 cur­ricu­lum,” Oct. 11 Ei­ther Min­is­ter David Eggen has it some­how wrong or maybe the qual­i­fier ap­plies to those like me who try to bal­ance an un­der­stand­ing of this com­plex world with­out fall­ing into ex­tremes of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

The re­leased draft of a “re­vamped” K-4 cur­ricu­lum is a good ex­am­ple of where the pri­or­i­ties of our govern­ment are. By Grade 2, our kids are sup­posed to com­pletely un­der­stand what sex­ual con­sent means but the knowl­edge of the mul­ti­pli­ca­tion ta­bles is rel­e­gated to Grade 4. Un­be­liev­able.

The irony is that af­ter that they ex­pect our kids to later on ex­cel at math and other ex­act sci­ences.

It ap­pears that the com­mon sense of those who ended up with such goals has been com­pletely ob­fus­cated by what is now a fash­ion­able ob­ses­sion. By Grade 2, I knew by heart all the arith­metic ta­bles. As for sex­ual con­sent and re­lated is­sues, all were rightly dor­mant un­til an older age for a bet­ter grasp of more ma­ture con­cepts.

Tony Fer­nan­des, Ed­mon­ton

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