I wasn’t going to to it. The last time that education in Alberta was all over the news, I wrote a ton on this blog. It stressed me out. It caused old friends to call me new names. I was never going to do it again.
The PISA results came out this week. Mr. PISA says Alberta is slipping. A clever columnist wrote about PISA envy. A less clever local columnist has taken up the doom and gloom cry. I’m not going to do him the honour of linking to his stuff. He’s too opinionated. He’s too curmudgeonly. What bugs me most this time, though, is that he’s partly (and only partly) right.
His four points seem to be.
- We need better teachers.
- Alberta’s class size initiative is a waste of money.
- We need more standardized testing, not less.
- Grade inflation is rampant.
I’m going to address those four things, one at a time, in my next four posts. Then I’m getting out. My challenge to my wordy self is to address each one in fewer than 500 words. That’s why this preamble of 200 words had to go in a separate post. The four posts aren’t written yet. I’m working on it. Stay tuned.