Why is Johnson still here?

Jeff Johnson became Alberta’s Minister of Education in May 2012, just as the Alberta government and the Alberta Teachers’ Association were in the midst of some fairly intense and combativ...
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The truth behind Alberta’s P3

It’s sometimes hard in this province not to channel your inner seven-year-old, putting your hands on your hips, leaning forward defiantly, and screaming out, “I tooooold you so!” Th...

Building a better Alberta

It can be difficult these days, especially here in Alberta, to fathom that there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in regards to our future. Our provincial and federal governments have bee...

Stepping on the workers

The dominant narrative about Alberta’s economy is a compelling one, and very easy to get caught up in: one of the fastest-growing economies in North America, low unemployment, record levels of new in...

Teacher task force gets it wrong

Think back to some of your favourite teachers, the ones that most impacted your learning, your experience of school and possibly even what you chose to do with your life. What was it about them that ...

Time to stop making inequality worse

Last week, while their lawyers fought in the courts to be able to bypass collective bargaining and impose salary freezes on Alberta’s public servants, the Alberta government fought in the legis...

The story we’re not telling

Two weeks after the resignation of Alison Redford as Premier, the blogosphere, op-ed pages and social media in Alberta and across the country are still full of people trying to make sense of what wen...

ABCs of the oil sands

Who gets to decide what students in kindergarten to Grade 3 learn and what they need to know? In most places, the answer to that question will include teachers, parents, education experts, child psyc...