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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.

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