Bringing students to West Prince

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Editor: On February 7, 2014, at 10:40 a.m., I will give a lecture at Maritime Christian College on the concept of bringing international students to Western P.E.I. to a satellite campus in order to revive our dying population and economy. Did you know that the other three Atlantic provinces now have a population of nearly 30,000 international high school students that are charged in the neighbourhood of $20,000 per year tuition? The government and the education systems will argue this is unthinkable and impossible. Perhaps it is.

Our record of rock-bottom test scores will not be an attraction. The fact we now offer baccalaureate degrees (education) to people who have GEDs in two, no, one year, allow them six years to complete that, permit them to teach grades K-3, and repeatedly say things like “I seen the light,” are not great selling points.

Education is a great product that is renewable and in demand around the world. It is not cancer-causing, nor climate-changing. Those who support statements such as “writing is no longer necessary, and soon, reading won’t be either,” are extremely dangerous to our freedom and our very lives.

Do the federal and provincial governments agree on one issue — dump West Prince population out because the uneducated work force is needed in Alberta? Too many are complacent, living on their comfortable pensions. “ . . . Oh well, people have always had to leave here . . .” Perhaps we need to read Animal Farm again — the novel that is still the reading requirement for Grade 12 after nearly 50 years. I understand if you didn’t read it because it’s so un-engaging, but if that doesn’t charm you, give the French Revolution or the American Civil War a read. It really is time for us to roll our sleeves up and get to work, fellow Islanders.

For more information:

Shirlene O’Brien Bower,

MA Ed.,

Burton, Lot 7

Organizations: Maritime Christian College

Geographic location: Western P.E.I., Alberta

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