Category Archives: Alberta Education

Students were expected to struggle on ‘no calculator’ tests, says education minister

Students were expected to struggle on ‘no calculator’ tests, says education minister

The fact that Grade 6 students in Alberta struggle to do arithmetic without the aid of a calculator came as no surprise to the province, says Education Minister David Eggen. Eggen said he expected to see poor results on a new “mental math” portion of the provincial exams. ‘Now we can get cracking’ “We had… Continue Reading

2017 Alberta high school rankings

2017 Alberta high school rankings

Fraser Institute releases Alberta high school rankings, but some question its methods Comparing school grades with final exam grades isn’t necessarily a good indicator, says education minister Western Canada High School is the top-ranked, mainstream public school in the city, according to the Fraser Institute. (Google Street View) The Fraser Institute has released its annual report… Continue Reading

Modern Schools’ trend: Shifting from content knowledge

Modern Schools’ trend: Shifting from content knowledge

Should we be concerned about the growing shift away from content knowledge? Content-rich instruction may not be as flashy as some of the educational alternatives, but it’s a whole lot more effective. Educators have long debated the importance of specific content knowledge in the curriculum. Progressive educators generally favour a non-content-specific learning process. Traditional educators… Continue Reading