To start things off, I need to tell you where this post has stemmed from. Currently, our Saskatchewan government was re-elected and is a majority of Sask Party officials. The Sask Party aligns with the Conservative Party and its right wing thinking. Since seeing this party being elected time and time again over the past 10 or so years, we have seen significant budget cuts to education and healthcare (I know, like that makes sense?!?) With this past budget being released since reelection, and a 495M deficit, the cuts to education are on their way.
Long story short, it is looking quite dire for the teaching community, families, schools, and most importantly, students. Personally, my own school is bursting at the seams. Cuts to education means that, although our numbers continue to grow, our school is unable to adequately house these students. We have already had a portion of our library be turned into two classrooms, my own Kindergarten space will be split to create two classrooms during the summer break, and our small gym serves as the music/band room as well as a boot room to come in and out of at recesses. And we are definitely not the only school that this is happening too.
So you may be wondering, what does this article about earlychildhood education, have to do with budget cuts? Well, let me answer that for you. The fear is that with the cuts happening to our Education budget by our Saskatchewan government, I fear where education values will land. Not just for Early Childhood education, but for all grades and classrooms. We need to come together as educators, not just for Early Childhood, but for all education policies.
I beg parents to spend time in the school landscape. Engage in your child’s education, be present, and advocate for an education that will allow your child to make a difference in society.
Education may not be a quick dollar, but it’s the only thing that will drive our society to be successful, competent, and create independent, strong, critical thinkers. I am so very grateful for an early childhood curriculum that supports play based learning, but we need to make sure this doesn’t change. Make your work as a teacher known to all that pass through your classroom door. What’s happening here is important.