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Survey: 91% of Alberta teachers not happy with new K-6 draft cirriculum

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It appears the overwhelming majority of teachers in this province are not in support of the government’s new K-6 draft cirriculum, not even close.

The Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) has released the results of an “extensive survey” it recently conducted.

The results show 91% of teachers are unhappy with the draft, including 3 in 4 teachers stating they are “very unhappy.”

ATA President Jason Schilling says this preliminary data is overwhelming and shows the draft cirriculum is “fatally flawed.”

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“Teachers are the experts,” says Schilling. “Teachers know what will work in a classroom and what will not, and they are overwhelmingly telling us that this curriculum won’t work for Alberta’s elementary students.”

The ATA states this feedback also shows Alberta teachers strongly believe the new curriculum is both age and developmentally inappropriate and has not been logically sequenced.

Alberta’s UCP government has been widely criticized for this new cirriculum with many people speaking out against it, several arguing this would take the province’s education system back decades. Draft K-6 cirriculum ready for classroom testing this fall

Back in late March, the province unveiled the new draft saying this “revised and strengthened K6 curriculum was the result of more than a year of consultations with parents, teachers, and subject matter experts.”

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Schilling though says the ATA wanted to gather this feedback because the Alberta government failed “to engage teachers in the cirriculum process.”

You can read the full survey results here: ATA K-6 Cirriculum Survey

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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