PISA, poverty and wrap around services

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.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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