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.