In my early career I was an instructor and branch manager for a large government contract career centre in Vancouver, BC, servicing employable people who happened to be on income assistance. Our mandate was to design, develop and deliver life and employment skills people who were collecting welfare.
This type of business was and continues to be popular because kids who fall short in our current educational system often grow up to be a huge expense to our government in the social services, mental health and criminal justice systems. Health is also affected when we lack life skills as stress is proven to attack our bones, muscles and organs.
I suggest we change two fundamental areas of the current curriculum requirements: Add life skills and forget about the 12 grade tier completely. Throw away the current status quo since it creates such a stressful environment for children who do not succeed…
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