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Alberta's Education Minister Calls Kenney Deceitful on School Curriculum Review

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Education Minister Calls Kenney Deceitful on School Curriculum Review

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Eggen criticizes Kenney on school curriculum

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EDMONTON - Alberta's education minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney is being ignorant, deceptive, and deceitful when he brands the province's sweeping rewrite of the school curriculum a Trojan Horse for NDP ideology.

"This isn't constructive criticism. It's a drive-by shooting on our curriculum and our kids' education -- and Jason Kenney really should be ashamed," David Eggen told reporters Sunday.

"It tells us two things: number one, that the UCP and Jason Kenney understand very little about education, and number two, Jason Kenney is willing to stoop very low to, quite honestly, be dishonest about what's going on in our curriculum process for the sake of scoring cheap political points."

Eggen spoke a day after Kenney reiterated to party faithful in a speech that if his United Conservatives win the spring election they will take action on what they see as NDP worldview seeping into the curriculum review.

Premier Rachel Notley weighed in on Twitter, saying: "We've consulted and worked to update our kids' curriculum -- some of which is 30 years old! Throwing that work in the shredder isn't good for our kids and it doesn't make any sense."

Asked Sunday about Eggen's comments, Kenney said he agrees the curriculum needs updating.

But he said his government would pause the curriculum process in order to consult with parents, teachers, and experts in order to make sure the final curriculum is a plain language document with measurable outcomes and with a "a strong emphasis on foundational competencies."

He said he worries the curriculum being developed under the NDP under-emphasizes basic Canadian historical knowledge and geography and puts an "enormous emphasis on aspects of social history," which he said doesn't give young people "the kind of proper context, a balanced context. …

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