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December 6, 2016

On the Twittersphere

Support Our Students @SOSAlberta
Learning what healthy relationships are is an important part of a comprehensive sex ed curriculum.

On curriculum redesign

David Staples @DavidStaplesYEG
@Ninjarale @jkenney no special interest group — a business or a union — should be writing our curriculum.

Dan Grassick @Ninjarale
Who better to develop curriculum than teachers?! They have the degrees and work experience!

Jonathan Teghtmeyer @atypicalalbertn
The “special interest” of the professional association of teachers is public education.

David Staples @DavidStaplesYEG
Teachers have always written our Alberta curriculum. They should write it. But there’s no need for the teachers’ union to be involved.

Sean Beaton @backcountrynut
Lots of fear related to current curriculum redesign/update. Teachers are leading the process. That’s a good thing.

On PISA testing

Jeff Leroux @jeffleroux
Why are teachers so afraid of accountability? If this test is so ‘terrible’ why would any school conduct any testing ever? #abed

Phil McRae @philmcrae
@jeffleroux It’s about narrowing outcomes not fear of testing. Teachers are accountable every single day for Alberta’s children & youth.


Letters to the editor

Anti-abuse column worthy of praise

Re: “Teachers have a duty to trump the Trumps of the world,” ATA News, Nov. 8, 2016

Plaudits for your talented feature on student abuse. I used to refer to my office in a junior high school as the abuse recovery centre. Teachers couldn’t believe that so much of student misbehaviour resulted from home abuse. Since the subject is such a political hot potato, only the most noble knight of the realm can carry the torch!

The ATA never backed away from a tough challenge so let’s not back off now — even perhaps a special staff officer. You can do it, m’darlin’ and we’ll love you for it.

Nick Gass, retired teacher, Edmonton


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