Over the past decade the Conservatives have trained Albertans by having them direct their school taxes to a school of their choice. As in a Private School System if you changed your mind, the money stayed with the first school of your choice. Now, Albertans think this is just the way it’s done!
The Conservatives continue to build schools on the P3 plans. This makes them private properties which can be bought and sold at will. These same schools are routinely built too small. At some point very soon parents will have to make choices on where to send their kids or should they stay in the overcrowded school. You will be very surprised and feel lucky when a new, private school opens near you.
A broader easier routine was legislated to start private schools and a curriculum that could be changed by those same schools. “What is the drawback?” you may ask.
Private schools have the option of cherry picking students as well as excluding those who do not meet their self determined bench marks. This allows them to score higher on achievement tests and then propaganda think tanks can then falsely claim that private schools are better, more efficient etc.
This serves to gut the public system that accepts all students but the increasing proportion of the remaining students do not have the same opportunities in many cases as those in private and religious schools. That way poor schools can get punished and claims can be made that teachers are in it for themselves, that that is the fault of their strong unions.
And if you are still with me, some very disturbing history.
Fifteen years ago the Alberta Conservatives took advise they could not build big business because we were not graduating sufficient degrees.
Acting on this, they frozen University spending at 1986 level where they remain now. They cut all support for preparing for University Education at the High School levels. Senior Matriculation was done away with.
At the same time, they increased funding for trade schools and reduced the entrance marks required to get in.
They chose instead to hire degrees from abroad and commit our kids to labor and blue color like it or not!
By these smooth moves they took away all choice of advanced education from more than a generation of people resulting in our oil industry being staffed at senior levels by foreigners leaving our kids to think "what if"