Our View: Education key to B.C. future

Premier Christy Clark’s first throne speech promised money for B.C.’s education system, but the province must do a whole lot more to ensure the next generation of British Columbians won’t be at a disadvantage on the world stage.

Premier Christy Clark’s first throne speech promised money for B.C.’s education system, but the province must do a whole lot more to ensure the next generation of British Columbians won’t be at a disadvantage on the world stage.

Times are changing at breakneck speed and new skills and forms of literacy are quickly superseding traditions that have been ingrained in our classrooms for decades.

The real trouble is many of these changes – the role of technology and need for independent learning, for example – do not seem to be any part of the laborious labour discussions ongoing between teachers and the province.

If we’re not careful, we will lose an opportunity to take advantage of our current strengths as a stable, progressive corner of the planet. There is no easy answer. Taxpayers can’t afford to hand a brand new iPad to every student enrolled in the school system. But teachers know classrooms of 2011 are not the same as they were 10 years ago, never mind when the current template was established.

It’s time for the province to do more than merely patch holes in the system. We need to look at what the best educators in the province and around the world are doing and find a way to improve the experience for all students.

Doing so can only help the long-term fortunes of everyone in B.C. and ensure we maintain our position as a leader on the world stage.

 

Give thanks for what we have

It was either a Hindu proverb or a Sheryl Crow song that said wealth is not measured as much by having what you want as it is by wanting what you have.

Such words are worth contemplating this weekend. As a community, we should be thankful there are hundreds of volunteers like Gordy Dodd and those who will serve dinner at Our Place and the Rainbow Kitchen to ensure everyone enjoys a Thanksgiving meal.

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