Alberta’s education minister released a report June 2, outlining a vision for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education over the next 20 years.
The report was created by a 22-person steering committee and took 18 months to complete.
“Participants concluded that the education system needs more than minor change,” the report states.
“Indeed, they advocated for an informed transformation of Alberta’s education system, one that challenges commonly held beliefs and leads to new structures and approaches.”
The report suggests there needs to be more focus on learners, building competencies and more technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge.
The release of the 20-year vision comes as school districts across Alberta are struggling to balance the current budgets to cover a three per cent teacher salary increase promised in collective agreements that was not funded by the provincial government in the budget.
“Inspiring Education is a revolutionary document,” said Greg Bass, superintendent of schools for Rocky View Schools.
“It is the eye into how education could be changing in the province.”
Following the release of the report, local MLA Rob Anderson urged the PC Government to provide Alberta students access to more individualized classroom instruction.
“Actions speak louder than words,” said Rob Anderson, Airdrie-Chestermere MLA and Wildrose Alliance Party member.
“Although we are in general agreement with the report’s finding that our education system should be moving towards a more individualized student-centred model, we would like to see some tangible action to that end instead of mere flowery words on paper.”
The Wildrose Alliance called on the government to promote new technology-assisted teaching models in which a student can have access to the individualized teaching tools as well as the time necessary to master specific competencies before being moved on to advanced subject matter.
“As I continue to travel the province, many parents, teachers and students are telling me that they want to move towards an individual learning environment where strong students are given the tools and freedom to excel and reach their full potential, while students who need more time and practice to master the basics receive it instead of being forced to move on before they are ready,” said Danielle Smith, Wildrose Alliance leader.
For more information on Inspiring Education, visit www.inspiringeducation.alberta.ca