EDMONTON - Alberta is to road test its new curriculum for young students, and Education Minister David Eggen says it will mesh fundamental skills with broader social development.
Eggen made the comments as he unveiled the revised kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum today, which Albertans can discuss with the government at two telephone town halls next week.
“We have developed a curriculum that is common sense, practical and in alignment with up-to-date research," said Eggen. "This curriculum rewrite process has been open and transparent, and we have received more than 70,000 responses on our draft curriculum. We’re working hard to ensure that this curriculum focuses on the priorities of Albertans so it can set our students up for success in a fast-changing world.”
The curriculum will then be tested in selected schools next year and kick-in across the board sometime in 2020.
It renews emphasis on basic literary and numeracy skills and applies them in all subjects across the board.
There is also a focus on helping students grow emotionally, for example helping them learn to speak for themselves and others.
The issue of consent will be discussed in Grades 2, 3 and 4.
The telephone town halls take place Oct. 16 for northern Alberta residents and Oct. 17 for southern Alberta residents. The calls will also be live-streamed for anyone who wants to listen online instead of over the phone.
You can pre-register for the telephone town halls by visiting education.alberta.ca/curriculum-development.
The new draft K-4 curriculum can be viewed at new.learnalberta.ca.
(with file from The Canadian Press)
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