NEWS RELEASE · 6th July 2010
Steps for Students
While students across the province prepare to enjoy summer vacation, Prince Rupert teacher Tulani Ackerman is getting set for a 3,000 kilometre walk that will take her across B.C. to raise awareness of issues and concerns in the education system and gather feedback from those who rely on the system in a number of districts.
Ackerman will be stopping in more than 35 communities between July 1 and August 12 as she travels from the northwest through the interior, the Kootenays, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to take her message to the Legislature in Victoria.
“I’m hoping to discover other effective ways to meet the needs of our children and, along the route, I’m hoping to regain confidence in the education system for parents, teachers, students and others to believe in it again. Some do believe in it, but I want all to see that their best interest is to put their children in the public education system,” said Ackerman, who says she was inspired to undertake the walk because her teaching experience showed the current system “teaches to the whole instead of the personal child”.
“We need to start personalizing curriculums to our children and make sure each child is taught to their learning style. It’s going to have to take a transformation of the whole system. We also need to look at what we’re teaching our kids in school. We don’t need to get rid of things, but we need to make sure we’re teaching our kids so they are ready for what is going to be happening in the next 10 or 20 years.”
During the walk and bike, Ackerman will be speaking with people and taking down their ideas and feedback, as well as filming her journey for a potential documentary.
For more information, including a list of scheduled stops, visit stepsforstudents.ca