Friday’s letters: Use federal reopening cash wisely

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Terry Price, Edmonton

Trudeau steps up for Alberta

Thank you to Prime Minister Trudeau for caring and supporting Albertans far more than our own Premier Kenney. Trudeau’s government introduced numerous benefits in response to COVID-19 that have helped tens of thousands of Albertans.

Thankfully, due to our premier’s lack of interest, Trudeau has stepped up with much-needed funding to ensure Alberta students and teaching staff can return to school safely. This should have been a priority for Premier Kenney as education is a provincial responsibility.

Craig O’Connor, Edmonton

Critical thinking an essential skill

There is a link between this provincial government’s gutting of universities, which will hit liberal arts programs the hardest, and its K-12 curriculum update, which focuses on numeracy and literacy.

I don’t see why anyone sees value in focussing on numeracy in a world where everyone has a ridiculously powerful calculator in their pocket. I do see value in critical thinking, which is what is most valuable about liberal arts programs and K-12 subjects like social studies.

In a world more full of fake news, alternative facts, anti-intellectualism, and partisan screeds, we should demand our education systems at all levels put a premium value on media literacy and critical thinking, not math.

Tom Long, Edmonton

No time for an election

I am angry. Here we all are in a pandemic, heading into flu season, and now all I keep hearing from politicians and the media is that someone should call/force a snap election. What hypocrisy.

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