Alberta education system success & what “choice” is all about.

Read Hunter’s latest post at Out of the Dark “My Kid, My Choice.” It is great news that a Canadian province like Alberta can show the rest of the world how to improve the education system — by not simply jiggering with statistics on drop-out or high school graduation rates resulting from no-fail and social promotion policies like those found in Ontario. What I find interesting though is how progressives and teacher union types are trying very hard to dismiss this success. For more on that I’d recommend reading the comments on Hunter’s thread, as well as my my recent commentary on merit pay for teachers.

Endnote: Hunter’s source is from Kevin Lubin’s column in the National Post entitled “Alberta schools apple of U.K.’s eye.”

Alberta cutting ed benefits for welfare recipients

When reading that the Alberta government was in the process of cutting off education and training benefits for welfare recipients who were trying to upgrade their formal education and work skills, I couldn’t believe it. If anything, Alberta should be increasing those benefits so as to get people working and paying taxes (h/t Jack’s Newswatch).

Instead, the Alberta government is going to use the money saved to provide welfare benefits to immigrants who find themselves trapped in the sex trade. Now, I have no objection to that because that too will get people into reputable and safe jobs.

However, it shouldn’t be an either or situation. I mean, isn’t it common sense that in order to move people from relying on social assistance to jobs, they are going to have to acquire a high school graduation diploma at a minimum, as well as work-related skills?

Yes, I am aware that there are generations of entire families who have existed on welfare benefits. But, I believe they are in the minority And, yes, I am aware that there are recipients who are referred to as “the hard-to-serve” — people who are not able to find or maintain jobs because of some characteristic that makes them unemployable.

However, it’s not called “the welfare trap” for nothing. And education benefits are one way to find a way out of that trap.

c/p Jack’s Newswatch.