Ed­u­ca­tion gets poor grades

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Opinion -

ED­I­TOR:

On Nov. 20 Min­is­ter Eggen said. “We know that hav­ing lo­cal de­ci­sions on the ground ac­tu­ally makes life bet­ter for kids and makes life bet­ter for Al­berta fam­i­lies to­day.”

He was slam­ming moves by other prov­inces to elim­i­nate and amal­ga­mate school boards.

Ap­par­ently the irony of Min­is­ter Eggen’s state­ment es­capes him. He sees no need to elim­i­nate school boards; in­stead his party sim­ply passes leg­is­la­tion that takes lo­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing out of the hands of lo­cally elected trustees.

Ef­fec­tive lo­cal anti-bul­ly­ing poli­cies in­suf­fi­cient to re­flect NDP val­ues pass provincewide leg­is­la­tion. Lo­cal Al­berta fam­i­lies/par­ents choose al­ter­na­tive faith­based pro­gram­ming — with­draw fund­ing. 18,000 par­ents pe­ti­tion to change cur­ric­u­lar pro­gram­ming method­ol­ogy — con­tinue to make of­fend­ing method­ol­ogy the cen­tre of new leg­is­lated cur­ricu­lum.

No, Min­is­ter Eggen, lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional de­ci­sion mak­ing in Al­berta dis­ap­peared long ago; it has taken your gov­ern­ment’s heavy-handed ap­proach to demon­strate to other prov­inces that there is a less ob­vi­ous way to achieve the same out­come.

RICHARD DI­ET­RICH, MEDICINE HAT

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