What are your views on recently released draft curriculum?

September 28, 2021 Jill Spencer

I do not support the new curriculum; it did not have nearly enough broad and public consultation to justify its adoption.

There were many problems identified by many stakeholders across a broad range of subjects. The vast majority of school divisions rejecting the opportunity to trial the new curriculum speaks volumes.

Over the last decade in Alberta, K-12 curriculum has become highly politicized. We need to get the curriculum out of the election cycle and back into the hands of stakeholders: the public, education and topical experts, parents, teachers, and school divisions. We cannot tear up our curriculum every time someone new gets in office. There are many simple elements of the past few iterations of the curriculum that should be updated that have stalled as political casualties.

Changes to the curriculum need to be more informed by education experts, with an iterative and meaningful public consultation process before being run in smaller trials, finalized, and broadly adopted.