Editorial: Schools starts up with changes

School starts up this year with some differences as teachers adapt to the new curriculum - will it be worth it?

A PERSON has only to venture up to the second floor of Skeena Middle School to realize one of the challenges of modern education.

There that person will find lines carefully laid down on the floor and set back from the protective railings which overlook the open spaces to the floor below.

Students are not venture beyond those markings either as a further safety measure or, perhaps, in a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie prison riot, to take away the temptation of throwing objects below.

Either way, school is back in for another year of the serious business of shaping young minds and preparing students for their adult lives.

This year is, however, different as witnessed by what was to be a first day of school Sept. 6, instead taken up by time spent by teachers absorbing the new curriculum.

Being eliminated to a large extent is learning by rote, replaced by learning by embracing a specific project so that, it’s hoped, students will acquire all that they need along the way.

There’s a case to be made that innovative teachers have been doing this all along by adapting to strengths and weaknesses of students.

And there’s also a case to be made that no matter how something is taught, 2 plus 2 can only equal four.

Still, if the new curriculum gives students the knowledge they need, it will be worth it.

Just Posted

Fun ‘n’ funds

More than $13,000 raised at Guns and Hoses charity game

UPDATE: Snowfall upgraded to 40cm by Wednesday evening

Lastest storms expected to bring wet snow and freezing rain through to the weekend

Female rep Midgets go 1-1-2 in Kamloops

The Northern Eagles improved through ‘A’ tournment

Terrace volleyball teams spike strong

Centennial and Caledonia teams claim zone banners, medals. Provincials coming up

House damaged by smoke, heat in fire

Blaze is under investigation

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale made in the Shuswap will be ready in time for Christmas

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

3,800-plant grow-op busted on First Nation reserve

Three men face charges after RCMP bust a large drug operation on the Soowahlie Reserve near Chilliwack

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

B.C. boy’s social media bid to get levidrome in the Oxford dictionary goes viral

‘It’s been five weeks and has totally blown up today.’

Whistler venues could see 2026 Olympic action

Calgary is looking to cut down on costs

Most Read