MLA urges input into curriculum

Chris Clegg
For the Lakeside Leader

Every voice should be heard when it comes to your child’s education.

It’s the word from Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee, who wants constituents to be involved in the Alberta government’s plan to revive the kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum.

Town hall sessions will be held Oct. 16-17 to receive input.

“We’re asking all Albertans to come forward and chat a bit,” says Larivee, who reminds everyone they must first register.

“I want everyone to know there’s an opportunity to provide input.”

Larivee says the decision to update the curriculum was made after the current government realized parts of it are over 30 years old.

Extensive consultations have already taken place, with over 70,000 responses in various forms. The town hall meetings are another invitation to ensure all Albertans have a chance to provide input.

Larivee says the value of a proper education cannot be overestimated. She adds the new curriculum must be relevant for the communities in her riding.

“We have to ensure that kids have all the tools necessary for them to succeed,” she says.

And the responses?

“Albertans have made it clear they don’t just want [students] to just get taught the basics.”

A draft copy of the curriculum is on the Alberta government’s website. To access all information on the proposed new curriculum, or to register for the town hall meetings, go to At the top of the page is the link to everything you will need to know.

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