I don't have children, but as a citizen and as an uncle, a high quality, well funded public education is of huge importance to me. As a citizen, I feel critical thinking skills so necessary in our society. The lowest common denominator, horse race paradigm of much community debate on issues quite disappointing.
So the news that the Kamloops School District, after undertaking a huge effort with the community to reconfigure facilities, still faces a $2 million dollar deficit is very troubling.
I wonder a couple of things:
1) How has the expenditure on nice to haves but not strictly necessary items (yes, such as the Olympics) taken away from education spending in our province?
2) Is there any measure of the comparative success of our K-12 system in terms of encouraging critical thinking and other competencies important for today's society?
3) Where will the School District find the money and what impact will those cuts have? Can extra revenue be raised?