Ted Byfield: Alberta’s much dreaded ‘new’ curriculum looks like an amateurish educational disaster

Ted Byfield: Alberta’s much dreaded ‘new’ curriculum looks like an amateurish educational disaster

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When Alberta Education Minister David Eggen announced two years ago that his government was about to launch the most sweeping changes ever undertaken in the public school curriculum, it gave rise to an altogether understandable fear. People saw the villainously conniving propagandists of the Left stealthily out to pervert and destroy the pristine purity of Alberta traditionalism. Well, we were wrong. The first version of the new social studies program came out last month, and it reads like something produced by a collection of school children.

“The new Social Studies curriculum is shaping up to fail spectacularly when it comes to providing the wide breadth of knowledge about our society, our world and our history that would give real power to students. Instead, it seeks to limit their worldview, with a narrow focus on the particular issues of the modern social justice movement. The curriculum project, he concludes, “is turning into an educational travesty. The concept of teaching history is out of style, it seems. In its place is an inappropriate over-emphasis on social change and activism.”

“The new Social Studies curriculum is shaping up to fail spectacularly when it comes to providing the wide breadth of knowledge about our society, our world and our history that would give real power to students. Instead, it seeks to limit their worldview, with a narrow focus on the particular issues of the modern social justice movement. The curriculum project, he concludes, “is turning into an educational travesty. The concept of teaching history is out of style, it seems. In its place is an inappropriate over-emphasis on social change and activism.”

History is not simply downplayed in the “draft” document. It is almost totally ignored. In fact the only “historic” event, the document specifically mentions is the ‘legacy of residential schools” which is to be taught in Grade 7. But why make pointed reference to this, while ignoring everything else? Such as:

•The amazing 10-year influx that settled the West after the turn of the 20h Century. The “men in the sheepskin coats” who broke the prairies to the plough, and the scientific development of new grain species, and the invention of new farm implements, all of which that made this possible. No mention of any of it.

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