There is good news and bad news in Education today. Diane Ravitch writes about the unconscionably high rate of child poverty in the US and its impact on kids’ learning. On the flip side, Maclean’s Magazine has an article on the real reason Canadians can congratulate themselves on the recently released PISA results: “In a few decades, Canada has built a unique education system recognized as one of the best and most equitable in the world.”
Could it be that the excellent quality of Canadian education is due to its quality of equitable access and opportunity? Social conditions strongly affect student learning. Albertans should support the initiatives the Alberta government has shown – through its ministries of Education, Children & Youth Services and Health & Wellness in particular – to integrate services for children, to create wrap around services.
There was a quote from an educator on twitter today: “No one has the right to waste a minute of a child’s life.” (thank you @bjnichols via @MrWejr). There is still a long way to go, but if we consider and address the whole child’s needs always and in all ways, the learning will follow.