EDUCATION POLICIES

1. Early Childhood Education

A Green government would:

  • create and maintain a publicly funded, non-profit, universally accessible, quality childcare and education system;

  • ensure funding for:

    • sufficient wages and working conditions that reflect the level of training, responsibility, and value of work performed,

    • sufficient furnishings and equipment to fully implement the Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum,

    • regular professional learning modules that enable workers to fully implement the Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum, and

    • furnishings, equipment, and training required to implement full and equal inclusion of all special needs children;

 

  • collaborate with the Federal Government to implement a national day care plan;

  • mandate that all early childhood education centres be incorporated as non-profit organizations governed by boards of directors that include parents as members;

  • encourage collaboration between parents and educators to ensure that each child’s needs for learning and well-being are met;  

  • establish a community-based volunteer system in which community members are encouraged to volunteer at their local early childhood education centre with the goal of increasing the ratio of adults to children to 2:1.  Community volunteers would not replace qualified, paid workers, but would complement staff in their efforts to provide quality educational programming to children;

  • maintain duality in the early childhood education system but allow families the choice of enrolling their children in Francophone, Anglophone, or French immersion early childhood education centres;

  • update the Child Day Care Facilities Operating Standards Nutrition Section to eliminate processed foods from the menu and facilitate local and organic foods where possible;

  • update the Child Day Care Facilities Operating Standards Outdoor Play Space Section to allow for and facilitate natural outdoor play spaces;

  • update the Child Day Care Facilities Operating Standards Staff: Child Ratio and Group Size Section to allow for and encourage centres to implement multi-age groupings so that children can interact with children of all ages;

  • implement a centralized database to help families know where spaces are available, and a process to increase spaces in areas of high demand;

  • implement a centralized registry of early childhood education supply teachers to help staff centres when regular workers are unable to come in to work, similar to the registry of supply teachers for the K-12 system; and

  • increase the number of seats at New Brunswick Community College for early childhood education.

 

2. Moderate Consumption Advertising

A Green government would ban commercial advertising to children and ban the use of public spaces for commercial advertising.

 

3. Civic Education

Education needs to be expanded to focus more extensively on citizenship and developing the whole person. A Green government would:

  • expand civic education curriculum at all levels, K-12, including democratic engagement in school decision-making, elections, and referenda;

  • provide enriched civic education training for teachers and teachers’ assistants;

  • encourage civic learning through community service and participation in community and provincial political events;

  • expand current apprenticeship and co-op placement programs to provide more opportunities for students to explore education and vocational opportunities;

  • expand opportunities for experiential learning after high school such as through models provided by Katimavik, Canada World Youth, and others; and

  • expand programs that focus on exercise and outdoor activities, linking these programs with well-being, environmental education, and healthy, active lifestyles.

  • incorporate peace education curriculum from K-12. Peace education is essential in promoting positive values to counter the larger culture of violence that exists in entertainment, video games and the gratification of violence.

 

4. Co-op Education

A Green government would provide educational support for co-op development at high schools, colleges and universities, drawing from leading programs across Canada.

 

 

5. Higher Education

A Green government would examine the CEGEP model in Quebec as a possible model for providing a better transition between high school and post-secondary studies, with the goal of reducing the drop-out rate from universities and colleges and increasing the possibility of success for all students.

 

 

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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