MLA Jackie Lovely proud of province delivering on curriculum

Opinion

Alberta’s Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange has released the new Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum, making good on a promise Alberta’s government made to Albertans in the last election.

Concerns over the curriculum were one of the most important issues that people brought up with me during the election and continue to bring up during my door knocking throughout the riding. While talking with residents one-on-one, a majority of them said they were unhappy with the school curriculum. That is why I’m very happy about the implementation of the new curriculum that Minister LaGrange and a broad spectrum of experts have been preparing.

Our government committed to end the focus on so-called discovery learning and scrap the NDP’s secretive curriculum review and replace it with a new curriculum based on input from teachers, parents, and subject matter experts.

I’m proud to say that we have delivered on this commitment. Another promise made, promise kept.

Alberta’s new curriculum is focused on teaching essential knowledge and skills. After years of declining student academic performance in literacy and math, the new curriculum will renew the importance of teaching foundational knowledge across all subjects to better prepare students for success.

It’s been almost 30 years since some subjects in K-6 have been updated. The curriculum was long overdue for a change.

The new curriculum is founded on four key learning themes: First, a renewed focus on literacy. Through phonics and other best practices, students will not only learn the basics of reading and writing, but also how to observe, speak, and listen.

Second, a new approach to numeracy. By leaving behind the focus on “discovery math”, students will use tried and true methods to learn foundational math skills and understand numbers and objects in order to solve problems confidently.

The third theme is citizenship. Drawing from history, geography, economics, civics, and other studies, students will develop an appreciation of how Albertans have built one of the most generous, prosperous, and diverse societies in the world.

Fourth, strong practical skills. Ranging from basic financial literacy like budget planning to computer coding to understanding consent in relationships, students will learn a range of practical skills for real world success.

Revising the curriculum to focus on real world skills is something I’ve heard a lot from parents while talking with parents in communities both in and around Camrose. They want their children to learn how to manage money and budget, how to add, subtract and multiply; even teaching and preparing them for careers in technology with a focus put on digital literacy.

The government was elected on a platform commitment to broaden curriculum consultations and develop a curriculum focused on “foundational competencies” with teaching methods “that produce the best outcomes”, because our students deserve every opportunity to succeed while in school and after they graduate.

Our platform also committed to a “social studies curriculum taught without political bias, offering an objective understanding of Alberta, Canada, and world history, geography, and civic literacy”. This fact, in particular, was of great importance to many parents and constituents I’ve met with in the riding.

It’s so important that we set our kids up for future success. Returning to common-sense teaching methods that focus on the key knowledge and skills our students need to succeed will ensure they are well equipped for their futures.

Alberta’s Government remains committed to a transparent curriculum review process. The draft K-6 curriculum is now online at new.LearnAlberta.ca for all Albertans to see in its entirety. All Albertans are encouraged to provide feedback until spring 2022 at www.alberta.ca/curriculum

I’m confident Alberta’s new K-6 curriculum will once again put students from Tofield and Bashaw to Camrose and Hardisty and all across the province at the very top and prepare them for a life of personal success.

Just Posted

The owner of Mae’s Kitchen in Mirror, says hamlet residents were ‘disheartened’ by a recent anti-restriction protest. The restaurant is following all the health restrictions in place. (Photo courtesy Mae’s Kitchen Facebook)
‘We don’t need that’: Mirror restaurant against recent anti-restriction protest

Mae’s Kitchen is located less than two kilometres from The Whistle Stop

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta adds 1,195 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Red Deer has dropped to 760 active cases

MP Damien Kurek receives his COVID-19 vaccination. (Photo submitted)
Local elected representatives get the jab

MP Damien Kurek and MLA Lovely get their COVID-19 vaccinations

(Historica Canada)
VIDEO: Heritage Minute marks 100th anniversary of work to discover insulin

Video centres on Leonard Thompson, 13, the first patient to receive successful injections for Type 1 diabetes

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Capt. Jenn Casey died in a crash just outside of Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. (CF Snowbirds)
Snowbirds to honour Capt. Casey, who died in B.C. crash, in 2021 tour

Tour will kick off in Ontario in June before heading west

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Welcoming cowboy boots at the historic and colourful Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne near Drumheller, Alta., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The bar and hotel are up for sale. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘It was a going concern’: Remaining bar and hotel in Alberta coal ghost town for sale

The historic Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne in southern Alberta is up for sale

The lights of several emergency vehicles could be seen near the Sunken Bridge on May 13. (Photo submitted)
Patient airlifted from Ponoka with serious injuries

RCMP, fire, STARS respond to single vehicle rollover May 13

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

An Israeli attack helicopter launches flares as he flies over the Israeli Gaza border, southern Israel, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Singh calls for halt on Canadian arms sales to Israel as violence escalates in region

Government data shows Canada sent $13.7 million in military goods and technology to Israel in 2019

Most Read