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B.C. government to ‘re-engineer’ public-education system to produce graduates with in-demand skills; universities argue not all skills can be clearly defined. (CHAD HIPOLITO For The Globe and Mail)
B.C. government to ‘re-engineer’ public-education system to produce graduates with in-demand skills; universities argue not all skills can be clearly defined. (CHAD HIPOLITO For The Globe and Mail)

The ABCs of reworking the curriculum for young learners Add to ...

This week, the B.C. government unveiled its “Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer education and training.”

The plan involves shifting education resources to areas where there is a high demand for skills training, namely the liquefied natural gas sector.

The shift isn’t just affecting postsecondary education; according to the plan, the kindergarten to Grade 9 curriculum will also be reworked to provide “relevant hands-on training” and to “excite” students about the prospect of working in the trades.

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That means reaching children as young as five years old – when some of them may still be learning their ABCs.

A is for Alberta, so rich in oil resources, But if B.C. wants its fair share we’ll have to change our courses.

B stands for Bitumen – it’s sticky, black like ink, We’ll pump it into tankers and hope that they don’t sink.

C is for Cenovus, a major energy exporter, They earned a quarter-billion dollars just in their last quarter.

D is for Drilling, boring deep into the earth, Unlocking the gas, but also increasing our net worth.

E is for Enbridge, some people say they’re bad, But they’re planting trees and saving fish – I saw it in an ad.

F is for Fracking, where we smash apart the rock, The tap water doesn’t catch on fire, that’s just silly talk.

G is for Government – they’re graduating learners, Who have no clue how the world works, but we’re top-tier among earners.

H is for Halliburton – a giant in our field, They’re good at shredding documents so secrets aren’t revealed.

I is not a word we use, you won’t find it in team, We’re all in this together, one great big B.C. dream.

J is for the Jobs Plan – our road map to success, They have a cool website with people wearing vests.

K is for Kilometres – the thousands we will travel, To get to jobs in places north where roads are made of gravel.

L is for Liberal Arts and other wastes of time, We’re training to be put to work, not study Peter Grimes.

M is for the Markets – it’s where we’ll sell our gas, We hope that by the time we ship, demand has not collapsed.

N is for Natural – the N in LNG, Like organic quinoa, kale and beets – it’s good for you and me.

O is for Opportunity – we won’t let pass us by, A once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing that we cannot deny.

P is for Petronas, another major player, Investing big and building rigs and silencing naysayers.

Q is for Quota, the amount of gas we’ll need, To run this at a profit or to satisfy our greed.

R is for the Revenue if all of this should work, It’s enough to pay off B.C.’s debt with lots of extra perks.

S is for Successful – which is what we hope to be, By focusing on nothing else but gas and energy.

T is for the Terminal we’ll build in Kitimat, We’ll make it home and raise some kids or maybe get a cat.

U is for University, a place of deeper knowledge, But we’re directing funding to the new vocational college.

V is for Veracity which our numbers sometimes lack, Our math can be creative, and no we’re not on crack.

W is for Water, we use lots of it to frack, What happens to it after? We’re not really keeping track.

X is for eXcited, it’s what we’re meant to be, When learning about our future jobs in gas and energy.

Y is for Yes as in “getting to yes” which our Premier says a lot, I’m not sure just how that works, I’m only just a tot.

Z is for the Zealots who don’t agree with our position, We’ll spend a tonne of cash on ads and beat them to submission.

 

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