B.C. education minister discusses new school curriculum

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier says his focus is on the long-term future.

As parents, teachers and students across the Northwest prepare for the first day of school on Tuesday, B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier says his focus is on the long-term future.

The government is launching a three-year transition to a new curriculum in schools across the province that offers more flexibility in how students learn at school.

“The world is changing and, from an educational standpoint, we need to ensure we are evolving as well,” he said.

“When you look at all the opportunities taking place in the north right now, this new curriculum will really help because students can really look at what they want to do when they grow up and work with their teachers to ensure their educational goals are being met.”

Bernier said one of the cornerstones of the new curriculum is to give youth the most personalized education possible while ensuring the basics are completely covered.

“If you look at the new curriculum, the focus is on the basics to ensure all students have the skills everyone needs, namely ready, writing and numeracy. But what is really exciting is the learning is more personalized. It all depends what students want to do in the future. I have five children and I know they all have different goals and dreams,” he said.

“The focus in that regard is flexibility in the classroom around collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills that are going to be so crucial to students going forward.”

Also included in the new curriculum is an emphasis on environmental sciences, the inclusion of the history and legacy of residential schools, new content regarding the historical experiences of Asian immigrants and the integration of Aboriginal perspectives throughout all grade levels.

Just Posted

Rainmakers wait out storm in Vancouver

Prince Rupert basketball team mentally prepare for home opener at Charles Hays gym on Friday

Council to host public hearing on cannabis sales zone

A look ahead to tonight’s Prince Rupert City council meeting

Another windstorm expected Monday, causing ferry delay

With another windstorm expected to hit Haida Gwaii on Monday afternoon, BC… Continue reading

Grim situation in coming year for northwest, B.C. fisheries

Annual post-season review in Prince Rupert informs DFO on how to manage 2019 fishing season

Nurses wanted, Northern Health promotes Prince Rupert in new video

There are 38 nursing job positions available in the area

Prince Rupert Rampage host Teddy Bear night

Prince Rupert Rampage teamed up with the Salvation Army to give back this weekend

Shop Prince Rupert is back

These businesses are all taking part in the Shop Prince Rupert event until December 21 at noon

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

One of Tori Stafford’s killers transferred to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Most Read