Roberta Maclise McDonald I would welcome any chance to make a speech about public education, at my own expense in both AB and Sask., given some decent notice.  For other places I would require some help with the expenses for travel and accommodation. Please contact me by email or through my Facebook page to book a time and place.
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I really marvel at how people complain about how they are led around by their "leaders", yet whenever they want something done they immediately go to some well-known politician or bureaucrat for the answer.  Education for our children can be handled by parents themselves, or some local person who loves children and enjoys working with them.   There are hundreds of books on what constitutes a good education, curriculum books for the younger ones, computer programs for the older ones, distance learning sites, library resources, and local people who would love to teach your child in a small setting if only they could get paid for this same service, and not an exorbitant amount either.   Did I say "same"?  I mean far superior service.

In Canada, we are all educated to the extent we can teach our children the basics, but many are too busy, too disinterested, or too timid to do the research, so look for a good neighbor or friend to take over for your young ones.   After your child has learn to read, to write, and to do basic math, she/he can educate themselves.   By all means  ..... SHUT OFF THE TV, TAKE AWAY THE I-PHONE, and make them READ.  Then make sure they get at least one hour of good exercise  every day.  That was the recipe for the mother of Dr. Ben Carson, who went from an illiterate 10 year-old to a world famous brain surgeon, and now is thinking of running for the U.S. President.