Letters to the editor
Indigenous perspectives needed in modern curriculum
Thank you for your editorial in issue 55-3 of the ATA News (“Commit to truth and reconciliation or take off the orange shirt.”)
As a masters student in Indigenous education through the University of Saskatchewan, I continue to make room in my mind and heart for Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. The best way to understand the difference between the two is that knowledge is learning about, and perspective is learning from. Our curriculum must continue to work at understanding Indigenous perspectives.
Chris Champion’s comments are not only hurtful, they are short-sighted. The promotion of classical Eurocentric perspectives is a promotion of inequality and inequity.
In Social Studies 10, we encourage students to see, listen and consider multiple perspectives. Indigenous perspectives reiterate these same sentiments.
Champion’s comments, at their crux, are racist.
I appreciate your use of your platform, and I hope your words are well-received across the province. They certainly are with me.
Social studies, Jasper Place School, Edmonton
On leaked curriculum documents and the ATA News release “Teachers have lost trust in curriculum redesign efforts”
Absolutely crazy that this government appoints a committee that is so out of touch with education and student learning.
Anna Nowakowski Hayes
Wow...no words. Let’s go back to the 50s and make kids memorize facts. So much teaching talent in Alberta. Why won’t this government listen?
Disgusting and shameful to be living in 2020 and have a committee that is this oblivious or “privileged” making decisions for our Alberta students. This is how the cycle continues.
Thank you. Keep at them please. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
It doesn’t matter what we as ATA members call for, what we ask for, what we demand etc. etc. The UCP has an agenda, and they have their ear plugs firmly installed. They aren’t listening; they never had any intention of listening. It’s time for action.
It seems completely logical that teachers teaching the curriculum should be integrally involved in creating it!
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