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