George Abbott, minister of Education, put out a missive this week that seemed to mostly fly under the radar (thanks to Susan Skinner, North Vancouver Trustee, for pointing it out).
The plan contains many ideas we’ve heard before, but not a lot of detail about any proposed changes. There are 5 key elements to the “plan”:
- Personalized learning for every student.
- Quality teaching and learning.
- More flexibility and choice.
- High standards.
- Learning empowered by technology.
Do you foresee any of these changes occuring?
And how will they ultimately look?
The “Occupy” movement spreading quickly throughout the US and Canada is a call for real democratic reform.
I’m not anti-business, not even anti-rich people, but I am very excited about the movement and the potential for positive dialogue and change in our society. I don’t think the goal of the movement is to brand all corporations as bad, but to illuminate the fact that the citizenry (the other %99) have virtually no say in how corporations operate within our respective countries.
I’m not as interested in whether or not business execs are rich, but I am interested in how they got rich. Was it from cheap public resources? Policies favouring one corporation over another? Pouring waste chemicals into public rivers? Slavery? Deceptive advertising? Those are the things citizens deserve a say in, and politicians, beholden to the groups that fund their war chests, have repeatedly not acted in the public interest in these matters.
The heart of the movement isn’t about taking from the rich, it’s about highlighting the fact that citizens in our “democracy” are not allowed to participate in the decision making process regarding matters of public policy.
Though it kills the status-quo-nicks, the fact that there isn’t a hard list of demands from the participants is sort of the point! This isn’t a special interest group lobbying for their own specific benefit. The reason the movement has gained momentum is that young people will be demanding a say in every area of public interest. As hard as it is to fathom for some of us, young people are simply not going to be satisfied with our centuries old system of having a handful of people deciding for them all matters of public import.
Our system isn’t horrible, it’s just not democratic. More and more people are wondering why that is. There are going to be true democratic reforms–it’s inevitable–just a matter of how it comes about.
Politicians (and media) that continue to dismiss this movement as an unorganized group of misfits do so at their own peril!
The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full October agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The BC Liberals have pledged to implement changes to the professional body that regulates teachers in BC. The college came under fire last year after a review by Don Avison.
Read more here.
Last spring the Sunshine Coast Board of Education planned a fall forum to gather community input on educational opportunities in our district. Unfortunately, the event has now been postponed, but I would still like to hear about your ideas for innovative program ideas for the Sunshine Coast.
So, tell me:
What things do we do well in our district?
What things do we need to improve on?
What type of programs would you most like to see expanded (or initiated)?
The Huffington Post looks to Canadian education as The US searches for solutions within a struggling educational framework:
Read article here.
Education Committee September 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the School Board Office Continue reading