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Education in Alberta: A Call to Action

If you follow me on twitter, you'll know I've been kicking up a bit of a stink lately about corporate involvement in Alberta Education's curriculum redesign. I'm not going to re-hash those arguments in this post but if you're interested, you can check out my specific thoughts on that topic here.

I would like to use this post as a bit of a "call to action" for Alberta teachers, parents, educational researchers, students, professors, and any concerned community members to resist the relationship that Alberta Education has with any corporate partner.

For too long, the narrative around education in this province has been dictated by politicians, columnists, and generally those who are not on the front lines of education. With the recent revelations that corporations have input (what that input is is still unclear at the moment) we need to remind Albertans that our core values do not align with the corporate interest of Syncrude, Apple, or CISCO. I would argue…

The Politics of the Curriculum Redesign

* {Edit} Due to some constructive feedback of the post from a variety of folks, I want to reiterate that I am truly excited about the direction of the curriculum redesign in terms of the pedagogical direction we're heading. I really value the hard work that teachers and school boards have put into creating a curriculum that will better serve the needs of all students. However, I do take issue with corporations being involved in any capacity and do not see them as "partners" in the curriculum redesign or in any aspect of our educational system.

Original Post:

There has been a ton of controversy about Alberta Education's curriculum redesign, which is set to roll out in 2016. Many other teachers have blogged about the benefits of the new curriculum (less prescriptive curriculum, more opportunity for inquiry), which I am in agreement with. However, I would like to use this post to hash out what the politics of the redesign are in terms of curriculum development. In other …