Putting our children first – Doug's vision for Alberta Education
Sep 26, 2017
Proposal will address the redraft of the K-12 curriculum and STEM; Parental Choice; the lack of recreational infrastructure – such as playgrounds and soccer fields; Student Wellness; and, Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs).
Alberta conservatives deserve to know about the policies of their leadership candidates, and today United Conservative Party leadership candidate, Doug Schweitzer released his vision for educating the next generation of Albertans.
Doug has a plan for education that will put kids first. His vision will focus on ensuring the next generation of Albertans is prepared for the jobs of the future while protecting the fundamental skills that Alberta’s children need to be successful.
“First and foremost I believe we must invest in and ensure we are putting our kids first. Far too often we get caught up in the politics of policy and forget to think about the kids. I believe we have a duty to do what is best for our children, and their futures.“
- Doug Schweitzer, Candidate for Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta
Doug’s vision for education includes a focus on: addressing the redraft of the K-12 curriculum and STEM; parental choice; the lack of recreational infrastructure – such as playgrounds and soccer fields; student wellness; and Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs).
Doug on the Curriculum & STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – “Focusing on STEM as part of our children’s curriculum is vital. We know STEM occupations are growing quickly, and to ensure the next generation of Albertans is prepared for the jobs of the future I believe further investment and focus into these disciplines is necessary. Coding can and should be a second language for all our kids, and if we start early I know they will hit the ground running and be world leaders in these fields.”
Doug on Parental Choice – “I believe in parental choice in our education system – parents know their kids best, they know their needs and desires, and should have the right to choose what type of school is best for them.”
Doug on Recreational Infrastructure – “Due to a lack of coordination and funding many new schools lack the recreational infrastructure needed to ensure our kids are active, healthy and social – for example we have elementary schools that were built without a playground or soccer field. Frankly, this is unacceptable – through my Community Infrastructure Fund, via the sale of 40% of ATB, we will be able to build these playgrounds, soccer fields, and basketball courts.”
Doug on Student Wellness – “Our children’s physical and mental wellness is key. Today’s children face far more instances of bullying and stress than I ever did as a kid growing up in the 80’s and I believe we must do everything we can to combat the negativity. In some respects that starts with us – from the start of this campaign I have been committed to maintaining a positive message and respectful tone, it’s a small gesture but I believe an increasingly important one as we look at instances of anger in politics and popular culture.”
Doug on GSAs – “On GSAs, I have been clear from day one, access to these groups is so important for our LGBTQ youth and I stand firm in my belief that we cannot out kids. GSAs offer the perfect example of why it is so important that we put the kids first when discussing education policies. As a father, if either of my daughters felt they could not come to me with an issue, I can only hope they would feel safe enough to reach out to peers for support. Ensuring our LGBTQ youth and their allies have a safe place to discuss their feelings is putting kids first, and something I will not back down on.”
Putting kids first – "Again, putting our kids first is my main agenda when it comes to education. It may not be easy, or popular to make certain decisions as they relate to curriculum or other issues in our education system, but sometimes you have to make the tough decisions to do what’s right – for the betterment of our kids, their future, and our province
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