The New Brunswick Public School System (K-12) is Broken. It Cannot be patched it has to be replaced
As I researched this topic I tried to find a document that outlined “The Purpose of the Current New Brunswick Public Schools”. I was unable to find such a document.
Why do we have school in the first place? What is the purpose of schooling and teaching? If we don’t know what the mission and goals of school are it’s not possible to even know if we get there. We also don’t know if the target was missed. Interestingly, with all the focus in recent years on accountability of schools, you don’t see that much public discussion about the fundamental purpose of schools.
The Purposes of School
It is important in looking at the success of school that the purpose must be stated and be one of the guiding principles in the road map to success. I have researched school in other jurisdictions and below summarize the four major purposes of schooling that include:
I feel that these four purposes of school are applicable to New Brunswick. The fourth purpose is always based on the historical jurisdiction’s norms and not politically motivated social engineering to convert to the ideology of a political party. Social engineering has no place in school.
How does the current school system address the purposes as outlined? Based on national and international standard tests the current school system fails miserably. From what I have read and heard patching the existing system does not remove the human resources that broke the system so a new system under a new organization is the logical solutions.
The new organization could be similar to that established for the New Brunswick Community College. The question is how to transition a new system from one already in operation. You first create the new public school conceptual outline, the strategic plan to move to operations and the implementation strategy. You must identify the human resources required to implement the plan from within the classroom teaching ranks and the professionals with new skills required with the new school system from outside the existing system. The primary qualifications of existing staff are they are consistently assessed excellent in their professional and have been in the class room a minimum of 2 terms in the last five years. This criterion applies also to all in school staff and all pedagogical staff elsewhere. All existing curriculum developers will be reassigned since this function will no longer be required due to technological advancements and external pedagogical resources.
The new system will be integrated first into the areas that are the weakest identified solely the student and teacher. As one would expect we are looking for an effective and efficient school system based on the financial resources allocated by government and also other outside resources that want to contribute to the success of New Brunswick’s students and the province.
So what does this new approach look like? The next three posts will provide a better understanding
New Brunswick Incorporated to Replace New Brunswick Government
Originally posted in June 2014
I have spent most of my career in New Brunswick and in one way or another focused on strategic planning, project management, corporate turn around management. corporate governance and starting businesses both for profit and nonprofit. I also did my stint working for the government of NB.
In every private company be it a mature or a start up or a profit or nonprofit one consistency was that the driving force was either a corporate strategic plan or a business plan. If they did have either and were reluctant in developing plans these organizations failed. Another consistency was the corporate governance models being employed which focused on the accountability of the individuals at each level of the organization.
In the last election and previous governments the focus on action items have been on social, cultural, health care, education and anti-business collaboration. How has that worked out, it did not. The term that is always used is Government is here to serve the public. This is grossly inaccurate. The government is here to manage and increase the assets of New Brunswick being accountable to all taxpayers.
How do we create prosperity for New Brunswick citizens? If must be done through collaboration between all stakeholders. Each bring their strengths to focused agendas set in advanced with priorities consensus with constituent's approvals.
So how do we move to prosperity. We start by setting up New Brunswick Incorporate. What is the recommended first step of any new organization? CORPORATE STRATEGIC PLANNING.
My next post will outline the planning process and the priority areas to address. After the process is defined the next is organization.
Since this was posted in 2014 we have had a new government that have adopted a separate structure in name only but no long term planning undertaken. We are where we were, going backwards.
Governments’ Depopulation of Rural NB Strategy Inhibiting Local Economic Growth in Rural NB.
Originally Posted in the Spring of 2014
The first areas we are addressing are the Weaknesses and Threats to moving forward toward Social and Economic prosperity in Charlotte County. This exercise must deal with the reality of the environment and not the perceptions that are spun continually regarding our location and our people. This blog posting highlight a foundational challenge that has plagued Charlotte County for decades and if not recognized and managed will hurt or stop growth. This challenge is not caused by rural NB but we must overcome the business risk it creates and move forward.
Joey Smallwood’s (Ex-Premier of Newfoundland) legacy of moving Out Port (Rural) Newfoundlanders to St. John’s (Urban Centre) is being emulated in New Brunswick for over the last 2 decades. Under the guise (spin) of benefiting rural Newfoundlanders the relocation’s true motivation was to reduce the government’s cost of providing services to its rural citizens.
Policy after policy and action after action the governments’ way of addressing its responsibilities to its people outside of the major urban centers is to creating disincentives to stay in rural NB.
In Charlotte County the different levels of government express their desire for economic growth all the while through their actions and policies remove critical support services for its citizens and thus create disincentives for new businesses to relocate and local entrepreneurs to set up local businesses.
Historically and currently the government’s economic growth strategy for Charlotte County is to ensure through all means to maintain existing businesses at the expense of growth. You never win the game if you only play defense you only tie. Every business person knows that this strategy only leads to failure.
- - Enbridge’s apparent desire to price itself out of the rural market place in order to justify its removal from providing energy to rural NB to obtain a higher return from the sale of energy to urban centres and New England. The Government will comprise to Enbridge’s demands (non dependable or completive energy costs both globally and within the Province inhibits Charlotte County from being considered for relocation or start up)
- - NBPowers, which is not synonymous with hardworking linesmen as they have tried to spin it, has decided that short term return is paramount and it is reflected in its low priority in maintenance and disaster strategy which we have seen in the ice storm of 2013 and the floods earlier.(Significantly higher risk to business start up and relocation as show from past examples due to down time and undependable energy sources)
- - Grand Manan ferry service and transportation cost to individuals and business on the Island. (Value Added light industry risk is high due to partial off Island processing requirements and a disincentive to business relocation and start up)
- - Grand Manan air ambulance service motivation based on cost, higher priority constituents and impersonal mandate. (Hiring quality staff or relocation of business is challenging due to health care risk to owner, employees and their family members)
There are many more examples of different levels of governments that support the motivation of depopulation of rural Charlotte County for the betterment of the whole (urban centres).
The big difference between the policy of Joey Smallwood and NB governments is that Joey eliminated the out port communities in one sweep while we in Charlotte County are being removed by a thousand cuts which each hurting but not killing but a some point no one may be around to be cut again.
Historically Charlotte County has been economically devastated by Federal and Provincial governments’ policies and actions. Charlotte County and all the NB counties along the US border previous to 1867 were the most economical prosperous in North America due to their seamless trade south into the US. With confederation these same counties no longer were economic leaders and their natural resources were use to benefit Upper Canada. To add more hardship to the region at the beginning of the great depression when jobs were scares in the urban centers in Canada and the US both countries put in place significant protectionist policies to prevent jobs going to foreigners. The was the nail in the coffin for both Charlotte County NB and Washington County Maine as many skilled workers employed by business on each side of the border lost their jobs due to these policies and eventual moved away and the Counties turned into a “have not” wards of the state. Sadly this attitude and contentment with it prevails inside of Charlotte County as well as outside.
As in Newfoundland out ports, rural New Brunswick and Charlotte County residents are an independent lot and will survive and prosper. Depopulation of rural NB will not deter them from overcoming the challenges required for social and economic prosperity it just requires more work and the realization that support resources available in urban centres will not be made available in rural NB. This independence and rural character of the residents will be an advantage for businesses to relocate and start up.
We can recreate pre-confederation prosperity and this is the objective of this Charlotte County and Grand Manan NB 2020 Initiative.
The next post will focus on turning these weaknesses and threats into strengths, nullifying the risk and moving forward. Government is not responsible for creating jobs, business and entrepreneurs are. Government policies that inhibit economic and social growth anywhere within the province must be reassessed and customized to each region’s environment. The new Regional Service Commissions if set up and managed correctly may be a move forward in customizing support for social and economic growth but currently this is not within their mandate.
In summary this post was in 2014 and the policies of government to day are more so focus on rural genocide for whose benefit, not the majority of New Brunswickers that reside in rural NB or depend on the resources of rural NB to survive. Perhaps someone should tell politicians where milk comes from. I have not seen a dairy farm in downtown Fredericton.