New school year starts next week with a new curriculm

VICTORIA, B.C. – Back-to-school preparations continue, for next week’s return to the classroom after the Labor Day Holiday weekend, with teachers, students and parents all preparing to address a number of changes.

In fact, it’s a new landscape for B.C. Education, with a new Kindergarten to grade nine curriculum, phased out provincial exams and an open door to tossing out letter grades.

President Glen Hansman says the B.C. Teacher’s Federation is on board, and he argues provincial exams don’t provide useful information.

He adds the province is allowing school districts to hold public consultations on changing student evaluation methods and the big question on the table is it time to ditch report cards altogether.

Meantime, in many school districts returning students and teachers can also expect to see many new faces and early projections have province-wide enrolment up 2,900, in part due to international immigration.

That has just further added to what is annually an increase in child anxiety, excitement and anticipation.

Doctor Susan Baer, a psychiatrist at the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital is encouraging parents of younger students to take this week to get them, into the normal school year routine, as much as possible….

She also had this advice, for parents with children who worry too much…

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