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An Open Letter on the New Social Studies Curriculum [March 15, 2024]

As professional educators and researchers who were part of the Curriculum Specialist group invited by Alberta Education to contribute our collective expertise towards the development of the new K-6 Social Studies curriculum, we have significant concerns with the draft curriculum released this week by Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. We are asking the Government of Alberta to reconsider the path forward. 

Alberta’s social studies curriculum pushes religious exceptionalism

Dr, Margie Patrick explores the Alberta government’s attempt to include religion in the draft Social Studies curriculum in this article in Our Schools/Ourselves. Margie Patrick, PhDDr. Patrick taught high school for 12 years before obtaining a PhD in Religious Studies. Her current research examines how secondary social studies teachers teach about religion when and if it appears in the curriculum, current events, controversial issues, or student questions.

Two students pointing to a map.

Silent Masculinity and White Logic in Alberta’s K-6 Social Studies Curriculum

In less than three months since Alberta’s draft K-6 curriculum’s release, educators across the country have released a torrent of criticism levelled at the social studies portion of the curriculum. More apparent to me however is how the curricular narratives construct not only a racialized and exclusionary Albertan “we”, but how that “we” also carries with it gendered intonations.

"Stories matter" typed with a typewriter.

Narrating Dangerous Single Stories: An Analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum

Thomas King (2003) powerfully asserted, “The truth about stories is that’s all we are” (p. 153). As a narrative inquirer, my scholarship and research are rooted in my belief that our lives and world(s) (Lugones, 1987) are profoundly storied. As such, I will provide an analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum by first sharing and then interweaving some of my stories of experiences as a Muslim woman, pre-service teacher educator, and researcher living within amiskwaciy-wâskahikan in Treaty 6… Read More »Narrating Dangerous Single Stories: An Analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum