PCE is focused on 3 main categories...
In the province of Alberta, there is tremendous diversity found amongst families. Our diversity is what helps make our province strong! For this reason there must be a variety of options available to every parent when they are looking for the best placement for the education of their children. Freedom to attend a public school, a faith-based school, an independent school or to homeschool should always remain a choice. There are many reasons why children may attend a certain school. Children learn best and families flourish where there is choice.
At PCE, we strongly disagree with any government mandate, policy or law which bypasses parental consent and interferes with the parent/child bond. Parents know what is best for their child; not government, bureaucrats or activists. Parents MUST be included in all discussions regarding their children except in rare and unique circumstances, in which case schools are obliged to involve other resources such as social services. As primary caregivers of their children, parents must be informed, involved, consulted, and notified. This is in the interest of the child’s safety.
Basic skills outcomes need to be clearly defined and met by schools across Alberta. When it comes to the selection of the most effective resources and methodology/technique to meet these outcomes, educators and schools must be freed up to select what best meets the needs of their unique students. Standardised testing such as the Canadian Test for Basic Skills and Diploma examinations ensures a set of basic educational skills is being met by students. Alternative resources are beneficial to students with unique learning needs. The use of alternative programs (such as the International Baccalaureate Program) also provides opportunities for enhanced learning. The existence of alternative school programs meets the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and these programs must be given the opportunity to access resources authentic to their own emphasis, values, and ideals.