Recently, governments have been asking communities, parents, students and educators for their input on everything from funding model options to school closure protocols.
However, the only context for the discourse on such specific topics is whether the proposed options align with “student success goals”. Unfortunately, the broad notion of what many Ministries have set out as student success or achievement goals provides only a long-term “vision”. What is lacking in terms of appropriate context is a sector strategy that can provide more explicit goals for propelling the Ministry and the school boards toward that vision.
With the education transformation clock ticking; governments would be better advised to step back from operational nuance and engage the sector in the bigger discussion. There needs to be a thorough and meaningful dialogue that engages all parties in identifying and prioritizing long-term goals. Only then will stakeholders be fully engaged and have sufficient context to contribute to operational decisions that will impact students, parents, educators and communities for years to come.