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LaGrange and ATA accuse each other of politicizing draft curriculum

Last Updated Apr 22, 2021 at 6:50 am MDT

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange speaks with students at a school in Edmonton on Oct 8, 2019 (CREDIT: @AdrianaLaGrange, Twitter)

EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister and the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) are each accusing the other of politicizing the proposed new school curriculum.

The ATA has called for the K to 6 curriculum to be scrapped because of multiple flaws it said would be detrimental to students.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said the ATA has never called her about it and said the organization is just playing politics.

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However, president Jason Schilling said it’s LaGrange who’s grandstanding by complaining about teachers after effectively cutting them out of the review process more than a year ago.

The curriculum has been the focus of fierce debate since it was introduced in late March.

Advocates say it is the right mix of history and basic skills while critics believe it’s a jumble of facts and concepts that are way over kids’ heads while also failing to properly teach francophone and Indigenous history.