LETHBRIDGE: Some changes could be in the works for the province's Education Act - made in part with feedback from southern Albertans. Policymakers stopped in Lethbridge Monday to get feedback from more than 100 southern Alberta students, parents and teachers.
Glenda Postman, who has two children enrolled at Winston Churchill high school in Lethbridge, was one of the participants. She told Country 95 News she was glad for the opportunity to share her thoughts on possible improvements.
"Parents are actually really interested in their kids' education, and I think they have a large piece to say and a valid voice," said Postman. One of the improvements she'd like to see is a more consistent overall goal for Alberta's students - and consistent funding to back it up. "If education is a priority, then we need to put money towards it. I obviously see that as a high priority," she said.
On the side of education professionals, feedback was mixed. One teacher talked about the structure of the education system itself, saying students may be served better with a little more flexibility and focus on the overall goal for students. "As a teacher and as a parent, my hope is to have a child that goes to school, tries their best, is happy and is treated well," said Jeff Haines, who teaches at Sunrise school in Brooks. "I don't really care what my daughter gets on a standardized test, more that she learns and wants to learn as she gets out of school and wants to be a member of her community."
In addition to the government's Alberta tour, the public can add their thoughts by making comments on the Alberta Education website or by sending an email to the minister. Policy makers will then use the input as they consider revisions to Alberta's Education Act, which is expected to be reintroduced this spring.