EDMONTON, AB (April 11, 2014): Today, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister released the following statement about the upcoming “Back to Basics” math rally at the Alberta Legislature Building.
“On Saturday, April 12, I will join a group of concerned parents and teachers at the Alberta Legislature Building to rally for positive changes to Alberta’s K-12 math curriculum. “Under the current ‘discovery math’ system, Alberta students do not learn the standard practices of math like vertical addition, long division, and the mastery and memorization of times tables. This is a huge problem for students and parents in Alberta and many teachers are opposed to this new direction. “There is no longer a focus on the fundamentals as kids are no longer required to learn the basics in math like the memorization of time tables. “The results speak for themselves. The marks of Alberta students have plummeted in international and national rankings as we move further into this government’s new ‘discovery’ or ‘inquiry-based’ model. Education Minister Jeff Johnson, bowing to public pressure, has said he will make sure times tables are ‘weaved back’ into the curriculum, but that’s not good enough. This wishy-washy wording doesn’t even commit to parents how or when he will do this. “On Saturday, we will push to ensure fundamental math skills are being taught by next September and to an adequate level through the most effective and efficient methods. “I encourage anyone concerned with Minister Johnson’s ‘discovery math’ curriculum to join us at the Alberta Legislature Building at 10800 97 Ave. NW in Edmonton, Alberta where we will convene at 11:30 a.m. to fight for Alberta students.”