Ted Byfield: Get the Baptist schools, another Eggen bully play bites the dust
Any way you look it, these last several months have not gone well, both for Education Minister David Eggen and also for his plans to gradually change the way Albertans think by changing the way their children think.
To accomplish this he must make radical changes in the province’s public school curriculum. This has been under way since last summer, but its credibility has been increasingly undermined by his insistence that the identity of virtually everybody associated with the creation of the new curriculum remain secret.
There can be only one possible reason for this. If the real authors are identified, the leftist ideological mission of the new curriculum will become so patently obvious as to render it largely useless as a curricular tool. Its purpose will be recognized as purely indoctrination, not education. Moreover, most of it will have been written before the undertaking even began. The 300 to 400 “experts” assigned to create it, were put there to say yes.
As I say, this becomes ever more evident as the identity of the real authors becomes ever more secret. However, even if all was going smoothly with the curriculum revision, there is another factor which Mr. Eggen must also contend with, and that is (as he sees it) the poisonous peril of active competition within the Alberta school system.
This competition was specifically encouraged by the Tories back in the Lougheed years and it took several forms—alternative and chartered schools within the public system, partial government subsidies for religious schools, nearly all of them Christian, recognizing that they relieved the public system of the cost of educating their pupils, and finally homeschoolers, also nearly all of them Christian, in which parents themselves did the teaching with the government grant covering a portion of the cost. The Tories backed this chiefly because they believed competition to be an altogether positive factor in education. The teachers’ union believed it an altogether negative one, not only because it measured the capability of the student, but chiefly because it reflected the capability of the teacher.
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