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Of High Handed Tactics, Education Reform, and the Ghost of Jim Keegstra

In ATA, Commentary, Current Events on July 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

Another (perhaps) unintentionally inflammatory piece by Paul Simons in today’s Edmonton Journal.

Without going into her argument line by line, I think Paula is barking up the right analytical tree when she takes aim (mixed metaphor…yuck!) at a structural problem. Her structural analysis, however, is far too simple and, worse, is entirely non-empirical.*

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Paula’s column and the Twitter furore began like this last night. Will we ever be free of the Keegstra case? I assume not, and perhaps rightly so.

The point I want to make is this: any purely theoretical argument (here, the ATA has a conflict of interest = system is bad/a “mess”) must stand up to an empirical test. Put simply, does the supposed structural problem compromise real-world teacher review/discipline? ATA voices and others have provided plenty of information demonstrating that the process works quite well. Should we trust this claim out of hand? Of course not, but compare the ATA’s approach to Mr. Lemire’s as presented in Paula’s piece. The call to improve process may have some merit Read the rest of this entry »


Prentice slams teaching task force, promises to repair rift with teachers, union

In ATA, Current Events on June 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

EDMONTON – In a bare-knuckled speech Thursday, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jim Prentice said the school shortage in Alberta is “nearing crisis proportions” and pledged to build up to 50 more over five years — in addition to the existing promise to build 50 schools and modernize 70 more.

Prentice slams teaching task force, promises to repair rift with teachers, union.

Edmonton public school board approves record $1-billion budget

In Current Events, EPSB on June 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

EDMONTON – Edmonton Public School trustees voted Tuesday to approve a $1-billion budget for the 2014-15 school year. It’s the biggest budget in the school district’s history. Here are some of the highlights, by the numbers:

$1 billion: the total amount Edmonton Public Schools will spend to keep its 202 public schools running

Edmonton public school board approves record $1-billion budget.

Jaime Beck -Why More Frequent Does Not Mean More Meaningful When It Comes to Teacher Evaluation

In Commentary on May 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

Some thoughts from the thoughtful and excellent Jamie Beck (Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta) on the recently released and controversial report from Alberta’s Task Force for Teaching Excellence. The report has been both praised and condemned by the Alberta Teacher’s Association, and has drawn all kinds of commentary, such as that of my co-Educational Policy Studier Laura Servage (reposted recently here and here). Jaimie’s perspective is interesting as it offers a defence of both constructivism and direct instruction, the former for its pedagogical soundness, the latter through a connection to teacher autonomy and, perhaps, the importance of internal variegation to the health of  any system. I might be reading this last point into Jaime’s post. If she sees me in the cafeteria, I hope she will confirm or correct me.


Why More Frequent Does Not Mean More Meaningful When It Comes to Teacher Evaluations – somanyjaimes.

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