Education Minister Adriana LaGrange delivered her remarks, saying students are our future entrepreneurs, innovators and creators.
“Understanding essential concepts like income, expenses, interest, investing, saving and taxes will set them up for success and help them thrive in today’s changing world,” says LaGrange, MP Provincial of Red Deer-North. “This investment in financial literacy programs will give Alberta’s next generation the much-needed financial knowledge and skills to succeed personally and professionally.”
Opposition Education Critic Sarah Hoffman responded, noting that educators were relieved when topics like IT, financial literacy and consent were included in the curriculum rewrite. However, the overall program did not get the same approval, she points out.
“This is going to set back education in Alberta and the students who get that education 50 years or more. Adriana LaGrange and UCP continue to ignore expert advice and calls from teachers and families to drop the program, and will force it on students in the fall. It has never been clearer that UCP cannot be trusted when it comes to public education,” Hoffman says.
“Alberta students deserve a modern, inclusive and evidence-based curriculum in which they can all see themselves and that will prepare them for higher education, the world of work and the way of being. engaged citizens.
Hoffman stressed that a New Democrat government would halt implementation of the program, which she called “horrible.”