Oil Companies Help Design Elementary School Curriculum in Alberta

Source: Salon, March 12

Elementary school students in Alberta are about to see a “massive overhaul” to their school curriculum, overseen by Big Oil.

Major oil companies, including Syncrude Canada, Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy, have partnered with the government “in helping draft Alberta’s future curriculum for our students,” a document posted to the Alberta Education website reveals. Specifically, Syncrude and Suncor are pitching in as members of a working group led by the Edmonton public school board, aimed at redesigning the kindergarten through third grade curriculum.

According to the Edmonton Journal, critics are “worried about the direction” the children’s education is taking. “Kindergarten to grade three is a very formative time in a child’s education where their minds are still developing,” said Deron Bilous of the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP). “It is outrageous and appalling to have oil and gas companies involved in any way in developing curriculum for Alberta’s youngest students.”

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8 responses to “Oil Companies Help Design Elementary School Curriculum in Alberta

  1. David Schatzky

    Photo of future Grade 2 student in Blackfalds, Alberta:

  2. What a disturbing development. I have recently read that the Koch brothers (no relation to our dear friend!!) own a large stake in the Shale Pipeline project. A disastrous enterprise for our planet, if it succeeds.

  3. I meant to add: I hope Canadians send letters to their parliament. Not an entirely useless exercise.

  4. Am I correct, then, that no matter what an oil company does, it (the activity, the company, both?) must be evil?

  5. FB: A more nuanced view would be that the extraction and distribution of oil has costs and benefits and we mustn’t be blind to either.

  6. Oil is split along the ideological fault line. See the furore over Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge speaking to an oil group, which was probably dumb because the reaction was so predictable.
    All oil bad is the mantra of the left.

  7. The Washington Post story about the Koch Bros. owning a huge share in the oil sands was wrong. The reporters were duped by an environmental group and the paper had to have the story re-written (where are the editors? Oh, they were laid off as was the ombudsman!). The Koch’s have a 2% interest in leases, not oil production. Any relation, Eric?