Alberta government launches online survey to hear from parents on education curriculum review

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What would you like to see in Alberta’s school curriculum? The provincial government has launched on online survey in hopes of learning just that.

The survey is meant to be one way parents can have a say in what’s taught in their children’s classrooms. It comes as the province is in the midst of a sweeping review of school curriculum.

“We know that good jobs begin with a good education,” Premier Rachel Notley said in a media release Tuesday. “Our changing economy demands a modern curriculum that prepares our kids for success at school and in the workforce. We want to hear directly from parents as we take on this important work.”

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Beginning Tuesday, parents and other concerned Albertans can take part in the survey, which includes questions on the kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum.

“Through this survey, Albertans representing a broad cross-section of society will provide valuable input about what students should know,” Mark Ramsankar, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, said. “From there, our teachers will be well-informed and well-situated to design the programs required to get them there.”

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Earlier this year, the Alberta NDP announced a complete overhaul of its education curriculum, which will include topics such as climate change, gender diversity and sexual orientation. Some aspects of the Alberta curriculum are up to 30 years old.

Alberta Education said it will work with teachers and administrators over the next six years to redefine six core subjects simultaneously for all grades.

“Education is the cornerstone of a healthy economy,” Education Minister David Eggen said in a media release Tuesday. “I am proud that our government is taking charge of a proper curriculum update that was put off for too long. Working together to improve the quality and co-ordination of education and skills training will mean our students are ready to succeed at every level, from kindergarten to post-secondary to careers.”

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The province said Tuesday it will also look at research on student learning and what other jurisdictions around the world are doing in order to develop the new curriculum.

The online survey runs until Nov. 18. To take part, visit the Alberta government’s website.