September 11, 2016

Alberta NDP’s curriculum overhaul: “Free” education carries heavy price tag

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

With proposed curriculum changes, the Alberta government will focus on climate change, indigenous people, gender diversity and mental health leaving parents concerned they won’t focus enough on math and sciences to prepare kids for real life.

Parents worry kids aren’t being introduced to these topics early enough when options like food, drama and fashion fill their time in junior high while little is done to promote science and technology possibly steering kids away from rapidly evolving STEM careers.

Discovery math techniques, where math is taught using an exploratory and experimental method, is also an issue. It confuses kids because it’s not intuitive, or structured.

A study completed by the CD Howe Institute showed that Alberta’s kids are down a whopping 32 points on Program for International Student Assignment Tests.

But instead of focussing on science and technology in order to reverse this problem, the NDP have decided to put more effort into their pet topics.

The government taxes us to give us “free” education, but it actually comes with a price.

They have a monopoly on kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum, control textbooks and pretty much everything our kids learn.

It’s important to learn about Canadian history and a variety of topics, but how does a solid background in indigenous studies and gender diversity prepare our kids for life?

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commented 2016-09-14 01:30:27 -0400
This is why i think nothing of taking my kid out of school to camping etcetera. She learns way more with me and her mom than she ever will in the temple of ignorance she attends.
commented 2016-09-12 20:23:59 -0400
From “The Aristocrat”:
O blind your eyes and break your heart and hack your hand away,
And lose your love and shave your head; but do not go to stay
At the little place in What’sitsname where folks are rich and clever;
The golden and the goodly house, where things grow worse for ever;
There are things you need not know of, though you live and die in vain,
There are souls more sick of pleasure than you are sick of pain;
There is a game of April Fool that’s played behind its door,
Where the fool remains for ever and the April comes no more,
Where the splendour of the daylight grows drearier than the dark,
And life droops like a vulture that once was such a lark:
And that is the Blue Devil that once was the Blue Bird;
For the Devil is a gentleman, and doesn’t keep his word.”

― G.K. Chesterton
commented 2016-09-12 15:51:25 -0400
Thanks for reporting this – no other media has reported this that I know about.
commented 2016-09-12 14:35:33 -0400
Stage One- Demoralization
It takes 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation [i.e. corrupt morally and ideolocally]. This is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students by exposing them to enemy ideology. In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of Canadian students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of free market liberal democracy or nation state patriotism.

The demoralization process here is basically completed already for the last 35 years. Actually, it’s over fulfilled because demoralization now reaches into such personal areas where not even Comrade Andropov and all his subverting experts would even dream of such tremendous success. Most of it is done by Canadians to Canadians thanks to lack of moral values being replaced with political imperatives.

As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized through early childhood indoctrinating is unable to assess true information. The facts mean nothing to them, even if you shower them with irrefutable factual information, with authentic proof, with documents and pictures. Even if you put physical evidence in front of them they will refuse to believe it. That’s the tragedy of the situation of indoctrinated demoralization and its value to cultural Marxist subverters in our public education system.
commented 2016-09-12 13:59:27 -0400
David Ross…
Then we take our province back and separate if nessessary…!!!
commented 2016-09-12 12:52:00 -0400
So Alberta is looking more and more like the parasitic Quebec. Everything is “free” and they plan on sucking the cost of those “free” things ultimately from the rest of Canada. What Alberta fails to realize is that Alberta was the last prosperous province that at one time could afford to suckle entitled provinces like Quebec. Now that Alberta is turning into an entitled have not province under the NDP government there is no province left to provide the teat. Now what?
commented 2016-09-12 12:11:43 -0400
Right on Liza…!!!!
commented 2016-09-12 11:51:43 -0400
I can’t stand looking at this monster, with his evil smile!
commented 2016-09-12 11:50:52 -0400
If you want to save your children and our society, don’t send your kids to the public school system. They aren’t teaching them anything, they are indoctrinating them, and dumbing them down to the caveman era. And then they are inciting them to hate those who work for a living to provide for themselves and their families. The evil agenda is upon us.
commented 2016-09-12 10:57:58 -0400
That should read theocratical not theoretical.
commented 2016-09-12 10:55:46 -0400
The public school system is not only inefficient, it is a down right danger to our society. We need private school alternatives. We need the government to give each parent a voucher for the money usually sent to public schools, so they can have a choice. The only prerequisite should be that the school should be centered around Canadian values, so as to eliminate any cultural, theoretical, ideological practices, which are not a fit with our western value system, such as Islam. If this were the case I wonder how many would send their kid to public school. I sure wouldn’t. I know that there is not much chance of this solution ever happening, especially in the ever expanding union led provinces. The public school system is not our friend, has been hijacked by big union corruption, and is in essence being used against us, to promote a political agenda.
commented 2016-09-12 09:58:50 -0400
The same voting procedure could and should be applied to law enforcement in this country… Meaning that police chiefs sheriffs and all the like, their positions would be elected and they would maintain their jobs based on their interactions with the public and their performance.
And the RCMP should be reduced to a token force that resides in Ottawa as they have long outlived their usefulness as countrywide law enforcement.
commented 2016-09-12 09:57:17 -0400
Announcing his intention in May 2014 to seek the leadership of the Alberta NDP to replace retiring leader Brian Mason, David Eggen audaciously declared, “I have lots of energy and a very strong commitment to the public interest, to the things we own together as a society (collectivism), and I think this is a crucial time for progressive voices to help shape the future of this province”. Now as Education Minister for the ‘progressive’ (socialist) NDP government, he is in a perfect position to do just that – "shape the future of this province”!
Totalitarians understand full well that if they can take control of the education system, they can control the shaping of the culture. Thus, Hitler understood, writing in Mein Kampf, “whoever has the youth has the future”. Ultimately, as recognized by Abraham Lincoln, “The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
commented 2016-09-12 09:56:47 -0400
One of the biggest problems with our educational system is that all the positions for management or appointed… If we wish to save our system we must make those positions elected by the public and the superintendents must outline their teaching curriculum to those who would be voting for them.
commented 2016-09-12 09:54:42 -0400
Political viewpoints are also being introduced instead of an understanding of how the political system works which is bias and should be illegal and definitely a immoral…
The only people capable of an opinion that counts is someone who is able to support themselves without the help of the system and has a sense of real world understanding, beyond that everything else is a fairytale.
commented 2016-09-12 09:51:43 -0400
OK bugs Potter… I understand what you’re saying but don’t tell us how we can’t do it tell us how we can
commented 2016-09-12 09:50:24 -0400
The NDP educational agenda seems more like to confuse the sexual orientation of our children to confuse and mislead the public about naturally occurring climate change and the inability to enter the real world with tradable skills or talent thus making them ever more dependent on free handouts and missguidance to remain that way.
commented 2016-09-12 09:48:35 -0400
These guys are a bunch of fools, but if we think we’ll regain control of the education system once we oust the NDP (what a glorious day that will be), we are kidding ourselves.

The bureaucrats in the department have undertaken the process of destroying our education system long before the NDP ever infested this province. Discovery math was introduced back in 2008 and has been an all-out failure, but the bureaucrats won’t hear it.

Want to hear a shocking story? I was taking some classes at the U of A a decade ago in the Faculty of Arts. Some of my classmates were doing poorly in the Faculty of Arts, so poorly that they were in danger of being expelled from the program (just imagine that for a second, and you’ll get an idea of the kind of imbeciles I’m talking about — it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to fail a course at the U of A, and yet I met 2 of these star students.)

The interesting part of my story is that both of these “students” received letters from the Faculty of Education inviting them to transfer to that program since they were struggling in the Faculty of Arts. True story! Makes me feel great about driving my kids to school every day to “study” under the likes of such overpaid, undereducated buffoons. (Not all teachers are stupid and lazy, mind you, but my experience indicates a serious lack of quality control!!!)
commented 2016-09-12 09:47:51 -0400
The writer of this column included math and science but forgot to include English and most importantly history…
If we forget or exclude history we are doomed to make the same mistakes over and over and over again by allowing the same narcissistic people into positions of elected empowerment.
commented 2016-09-12 09:28:20 -0400
On the other hand a little drama training can’t hurt. It has done wonders to advance our nation under the benevolent leadership of the ’Tater Tot.
commented 2016-09-12 09:25:22 -0400
When my wife attended the U of C back in the 80’s to get her B.Ed. I remember a quotation from a prof that she had written in the margins of her notes to show me: “Change society through the schools”. The lefty agenda to co-opt our kids was underway already. This is just the logical outcome of that agenda. The Soviet system did the same thing. Parents were just breeders for the state.

Time for parents to put some steel in their backs and conduct massive protests. IF no children show up to school for a week that might get Motley’s attention. But make no mistake. It will require a back bone.
commented 2016-09-12 08:35:20 -0400
Now we know why people believe in global warming. Parents you have let the socialists destroy education.
commented 2016-09-12 01:12:57 -0400
Yeah and more liberal arts, that always makes people smarter.
I know lots of indigenous people who work on the pipeline who would prefer a job right now you NDP halfwits.
commented 2016-09-11 22:53:07 -0400
One more item to rescind when we gain our liberties back. 2 years 7 months.

So now we’re at;
No to Carbon Tax and anything related to Carbon tax.
No to Bill 6
No to Bill 10
No to socialized education. (I’ll burn anything she or Eggen puts their seal on)

(All changes this Nutley is imposing are based on fabricated problems with idiotic solutions)

These ideas and changes are not making Alberta stronger. What a bunch of political wooses.

It is becoming more obvious daily, these marxists fully understand they in it for one term.

I can’t stand being lead by the weakest form of leadership I have ever encountered. (Include Trudeau in this). There is NOT one of her caucus members plus Nutley herself that I would hire for an entry level management position. I don’t ever call people stupid. (Until now) They are really stupid.

My God Albertans! “If” you voted for this, you should be ashamed.
commented 2016-09-11 22:39:28 -0400
Fraser Mcburney, that was very enlightening. Thank you.
commented 2016-09-11 22:31:41 -0400
FINAL EXAM Pit Your Wits Against a 1920s Eighth-Grader As the school year winds down, exams are constant and familiar companions. Standardized tests are the rule in the never-ending effort to measure performance and monitor educational progress.=20 The tests were taken over two days at selected schools in Rush County —meaning students had to travel to take the exams in an atmosphere both strange and competitive. Proposed questions were submitted by teachers from throughout the county; those actually included in the exam were prefaced by the teacher’s name. Students deemed by the county superintendent to have performed at lower than grade level were not permitted to graduate. The tests were "pretty big, because if you didn’t pass you couldn’t go on to high school," says Laura Turner, who graduated eighth grade in nearby Clay County in the 1930s and went on to a career teaching in the Rush schools. "We found out three or four weeks later. Your grades were published in the county paper." Did the eighth-grade examinations deserve to be phased out? SAMPLE QUESTIONS 1. Give six rules to be observed at all times when writing. 2. Write two stanzas of some poem. SPELLING (O.J. Lane) 1. Use the following words and expressions in sentences: some time, sometime, its, it’s. 2. Syllabify and mark the accented syllables and the vowels so as to show their sounds: majesty, whereby, shamefully, angrily, dis-agreeable, unfinished, control, develop, gasoline, oppose. U.S. HISTORY (Flora E. Holroyd) 1. Answer the following questions in regard to the Articles of Confederation: a) From whom did the authority come to write them? b) What state was the last to ratify the Articles? When? c) In what way were the Articles weak as a governing instrument? 2. Beginning with the original territory as granted by the Treaty of Paris, at the close of the Revolutionary War, make an outline that shows all the territorial acquisitions up to the present time. Give the time of acquisition, the source from which the territory came, and the cost, if purchased. GRAMMAR (Flora Guethlin) 1. Diagram or analyze: As he approached the village, he met a number of people, but none whom he knew. 2. Name and define the eight parts of speech. Give an example of each. AGRICULTURE (Dave Wallace) 1. Name the five worst weeds in your locality and give the best methods of eradicating them. 2. What are hotbeds? How are they constructed? Of what value are they to the gardener? KANSAS HISTORY (Neil A. Pate) 1. Name the state offices and officers. 2. Give events connected with the history of Kansas for these dates: 1804-1806, 1820, 1854, 1861. CIVIL GOVERNMENT (G.A. Sanders) 1. Give the salary and qualifications of the president. 2. How are the expenses of our government met? ARITHMETIC (C.F. Shambaugh) 1. How many cubic yards of earth are thrown out in digging a cellar 24 ft. by 15 ft. by 8 ft.? 2. Define: Commission, par value, discount, net proceeds, interest, insurance, brokerage, parallelogram, percent, convex surface.
commented 2016-09-11 22:15:17 -0400
One of the problems with today’s youth is they think that they are indeed smarter and more educated today then people of yesteryear… The children of today are less educated and closer to buffoonery than they realize..!
Shame on us.
commented 2016-09-11 22:07:25 -0400
here is something to think about

The following document was transcribed from the original document in the collection of the Smoky Valley Genealogy Society, Salina, Kansas. This test is the original eighth-grade final exam for 1895 from Salina, Kansas. An interesting note is the fact that the county students taking this test were allowed to take the test in the 7th grade, and if they did not pass the test at that time, they were allowed to re-take it again in the 8th grade. Also of note, the school year was but 7 months, beginning October 1 and ending April 1. allowing 5 months for planting, farming and harvest. EXAMINATION GRADUATION QUESTIONS OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS April 13, 1895 J.W. Armstrong, County Superintendent. Examinations at Salina, New Cambria, Gypsum City, Assaria, Falun, Bavaria, and District No. 74 (in Glendale Twp.)

Reading and Penmanship. – The Examination will be oral, and the Penmanship of Applicants will be graded from the manuscripts Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt. U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865? Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication. Geography (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of N.A.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth. Health (Time, 45 minutes) 1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion? 2. How does nutrition reach the circulation? 3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys? 4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of laceration? 5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.

Imagine a college student who went to public school at the end of the 20th Century trying to pass this test, even if the few outdated questions were modernized. Imagine their professors even being able to pass the 8th Grade. Can Americans, student and professor alike, get back up to the 8th Grade level of 1895?

ED-U-CA’-TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
commented 2016-09-11 21:45:35 -0400
Peter – we are battling with the “most evil”! Nutley is a Clintoon / Obumer & Chivas worshiper! That needs to be ended!! If need be – by lead. What is happening to Alberta is not unlike the bullshit that took over China – led by Mao!
Why does this Nutley bitch have more RCMP security than any Albertan politician ever? Shame on all you RCMP do the guarding of this tyrannical bitch – you all need to go to Venezuela with her! You are not Canadians – and never get it in your minds to challenge honest- hard working Albertan Canadians – your asses will be buried!
Since when did the RCMP stop protecting the peoples of Canada and center their guardianship over the politicians?
commented 2016-09-11 21:30:20 -0400
Albertans! – How can we allow a moronic, libtard witch as Nutley to direct our course?? The only free education will have so much indoctrination / propaganda that the cost to our passive society & way of life will be more absurd than that of Soviet Russia! Wake the hell up Albertans – oil your machinery & stock up! Make clear your sights & be prepared!
“Oh Lord – please bless Alberta with a man such as Ralph Klien!! ..Amen”