Michael Lee has been talking to parents throughout this leadership race. From Prince Rupert to Revelstoke, they all want the best possible education for their kids. This is a universal sentiment. We all want our kids to find their potential and have every possible opportunity.
Our education system must ensure everyone can get the skills they need and that all high school students can get exposure to Red Seal trades. Michael will expand micro-credential programs and improve online options for apprentices. Michael will also offer tax credits for any provincial income tax paid while undertaking studies to reduce the burden of student debt.
Our education system is meant to provide the tools and skills to help our children forge their own paths in life.
To prepare for the jobs of the future in an increasingly competitive world, our kids need to learn the skills of the future - how to verify what they read, how to fact-check their news sources. They need to learn civic responsibility, financial literacy, and emotional intelligence. They need to be able to collaborate to problem solve and work together creatively to use the tools of the modern workplace, including for goal setting, time management and research techniques. Whether that is augmented reality, autonomous vehicle piloting, or something that’s not yet on our radar.
Educators have developed new techniques to help students, which is fantastic. Part of that has included new techniques to measure student success. The Ministry has made the switch from letter grades to “performance scales” - a policy that is confusing and frustrating for busy parents who are partners in the education of their children.
Here are three promises Michael Lee will make regarding education:
1. Students in grades 8-12 will be given letter grades to assess their learning;
2. Training and professional development opportunities for teachers will be increased, including on assessment and performance communication practices beyond MyEd, with merit recognition for teachers;
3. Standardized testing will remain part of our education system - as one of many tools to measure learning.