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Alberta government announces changes to controversial school curriculum – Red Deer Advocate

The COVID-19 pandemic has added unique pressures on students, their families, and teachers. Recognizing this, the Alberta government is making changes to the timelines for implementing the curriculum, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta government announces changes to controversial school curriculum

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has made changes to its proposed curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students after fierce opposition from some teachers and students.

A 300-page government report says some subjects – including maths and science – are to be taught with changes in the next school year.

Science, for example, must include details on how climate change can be explained by natural and human causes, and whether clean energy production has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. tight.

The report also includes a revised section on social studies, which had been criticized for being full of jargon and lacking accurate Indigenous perspectives.

The government says it will seek advice from a group of education and curriculum experts in early 2022 to further revise social studies and other subjects including fine arts, French, literature and science.

These revisions are expected to be released in the spring.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association noted in a report last fall that several teacher surveys suggested the curriculum was geared toward Eurocentric history and only referred to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the past.

Teachers also said the program did not teach students critical thinking skills and lacked accurate Indigenous perspectives.

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