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EDMONTON – Today, NDP Education Critic Deron Bilous said he was shocked to learn that Syncrude and Suncor were listed as key partners in developing the new Kindergarten to Grade 3 curriculum.
“Kindergarten to grade three is a very formative time in a child’s education where their minds are still developing. It is outrageous and appalling to have oil and gas companies involved in any way in developing curriculum for Alberta’s youngest students,” Bilous said.
According to Alberta Education documents, several oil and gas companies are given key partnership status in “helping draft Alberta’s future curriculum for our students.”
“Maybe the minister can explain why parents and teachers are being pushed aside to make room for oil and gas companies? I certainly can’t even to begin to rationalize these decisions, or why the minister would undermine the value of our education system,” said Bilous.
“Parents and teachers are confused and angry. A complete redesign of what we are teaching our kids should not be hurried in any way. I encourage the minister to slow this process down and remove any partners that are not experts in childhood education. Somehow, I don’t think that oil and gas companies have the necessary qualifications,” said Bilous.
“For this minister to say he has no issue with these companies being involved in curriculum development for young children is appalling.”
reply to post by knoledgeispower
This is not surprising. It seems like the next logical move for companies that are used to writing our laws to suit themselves. Control of children's education is prolly high on the wish list of every corporations board of directors. The worst part is the government that allows it for a few shekels.