Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a small meeting at which Alberta’s Education Minister, the Honourable Jeff Johnson was invited to speak. He left me hopeful. He spoke openly and without seeming like he was reading a canned speech. He seemed intelligent and it was obvious he has been doing his homework in his new portfolio.
Johnson said a few things that really stuck with me. I’m not quoting directly, but paraphrasing from what I wrote down and remember.
- We need to blur the line between secondary and post-secondary education.
- In a competency-based system, the zero is irrelevant.
He also mentioned the things he believes the public wants more than anything else.
- They want to know that kids are earning their way through school. There should be no free passes.
- They want to know that there are competent educators in front of their kids.
It sounds to me like the guy has a pretty good handle on what is going on in Alberta right now. I’m encouraged.