Returning to schools after the Christmas break and one week of at-home learning, the UCP government has put parents and teachers in an impossible position. As I prepare my kids to return to in-class learning tomorrow, I am genuinely worried.
I’m in favour of hearing all positions and policies. Listening to different ideas (perspective-taking instead of just giving) and understanding the nuance will lead to an evolution in thinking and better policies overall. Otherwise, it’s just more shouting at each other about why you think your idea is better.
As we close the door on 2020, I have much to be grateful for – especially our continued health and stability.
Our children must be raised to understand the world is more than just a white-centered, settler-positive, Judeo-Christian place. Our schools play a crucial role in that education.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the impact COVID-19 has had on my life and looked to where things have gotten better. This year at Thanksgiving I am thankful for so much. Yes, this year has delivered additional stress and disappointment while, at the same time, provided incredible perspective and clarity on what matters most. And for that, I am incredibly thankful.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve had a bit more time – okay, a lot more time – to acquire and sample scotch. This tasting of five different whiskies happened over two days separated by four months. Certainly a far cry from the regular way of doing things but, these days, things are anything but regular.
With Alberta schools back in session for less than a week, we’re already hearing of COVID-19 cases requiring students, teachers, and/or classes to self-isolate. Without question, this school year is going to be a rollercoaster for everyone connected to our schools. We need courage from the Government to own their decisions – not excuses and blame-shifting – if we find ourselves amidst a second wave of COVID-19 in Alberta.