(Redacted January 20, 2012) A now-departed Ministry of Education ADM once told me “Education is a big black hole for money”. I was desperately suppressing the urge to leap across the table and throttle him, and therefore unable to muster a cogent response. The response is: “If there is a long-term vision of education as an investment, we will spend the money in a smart way.” The Alberta government sees investment in the oil sands as prudent management of natural resources. What greater natural resource does the province have than its children?
The Alberta government must provide predictable sufficient funding to sustain Public Education. It is rightly the first choice for education, not the default, fall-back option.