If you read no other editorial column this week, do yourself a favor and read today's piece in the Vancouver Sun. It is one of the best and most important items I've read in a long, long time.
Education of aboriginal children must be top priority
Issue has been acknowledged -but not addressed -since the 1960sTomorrow, the paper promises solutions, and I will eagerly await this follow-up.
But I can tell you right now what two elements must be.
1. Recruit, hire and deploy a kind of "navy seals" cadre of dedicated teachers who are prepared to start tomorrow and work very hard and very closely, one-on-one when necessary, to inspire aboriginal children to the joys and rewards of learning.
No studies or commissions please. Just do it.
2. Gather the parents and families and shake them from their liassez-faire approach to fostering and encouraging their kids to succeed in school. Do whatever it takes to bring families into that sense of pride and accomplishment that is essential for kids to revel in learning.