May 25th, 2024

Henry Jacobs: Trustee hopeful Jacobs focused on curriculum and reconciliation

By Dale Woodard on October 7, 2021.

Henry Jacobs

A better curriculum option both from the provincial rollout standpoint as well reconciliation strategy are key issues as Henry Jacobs throws his hat into the ring for public school trustee.
The candidate, with a strong background in broadcasting, media and marketing and the father of two, has focused on both.
“I do not support the current proposed curriculum that the provincial government has put forward. I think it puts our children at a disadvantage moving into both post-secondary life and applicable education we need to compete against the global markets,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs said if COVID has taught anything, it’s a movement towards a more technological-based work force.
“Our kids need the starting tools to be successful, whether that’s early on financial literacy, because our kids will more than likely have to work as independent contractors in their life and they’ll need to understand what money is, how it works and how you invest in it,” he said.
“They need to understand technology and the science behind it. I want to sit at the table and work with the provincial government in developing a curriculum that puts our kids at an advantage and is free of special interest group influence. I want education needs for my children that will apply globally, provincially and federally to be effective in finding themselves a post-secondary institution or going out and competing in the work force.”
The second factor, said Jacobs, is looking at the regional and provincial reconciliation strategy when it comes to developing a curriculum that meets the needs of the committment to Indigenous reconciliation.
“I think that extends to making the classroom a safe space not only for our Indigenous youth, but also for our LGBTQ youth and our youth that may be from ethnic minorities or might be from regional minorities with language differences,” he said. “I think the classroom needs to be open and welcoming for all. I think everyone has something to contribute to the classroom and we need to find a curriculum as well as working atmosphere that gives those kids a chance to feel part of a larger picture. Public education, I believe, needs to be the delivering of an equal opportunity to learn to all kids.”
Jacobs, who was born and raised in Ottawa and has lived in Lethbridge for roughly eight years, said some of the questions he’s been asked from families through his campaign is how he feels about private schools and public funding.
“At the end of the day I want a system where all kids have the chance, no matter their background, to learn, excel and grow without a two-tiered system that provides elite education for one level of financial class and a different level of education for another. I think that stems into the reconciliation piece pretty heavily. It’s a curriculum development that makes kids feel welcome.”
Jacobs said an important piece as a trustee is opening up the doors to communications with families as well as transparency on exactly what a trustee does.
“I’m comfortable with social media and technology and I want to utilize initiatives on my own, not necessarily driven by the board,” said Jacobs, who currently sits as the president of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Association. “All trustees try to be as available to families as possible and at the same time we might have to do a little more education on exactly how much a trustee can do to affect change. I want to do those things.”

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One of the basic and fundamental solutions to the educating of children and youth is proper parenting and instilling the necessary ethics and morals into our children. As well, offering and giving them the necessary parental support to grow their confidence is paramount to success with their education. In my opinion those are the fundamental building blocks of successful education. It seems the rest of this candidates platitudes are the usual talking points that potential candidates espouse which are vague and ripe for interpretation. Today’s media broadcasters have certainly lost a huge deal of credibility and public trust. I bet a lot of folks can attest that they have little or lost trust in todays media. For that very reason I find it difficult to support the strategies for this candidate. Furthermore, social media has been one of the major causes of social and psychological problems facing young girls and I steadfastly doubt this candidates opinion of heralding it as a positive tool to help youth with their education. I believe it causes more harm than any good. I would argue that this candidates best abilities are in the field of publicity and propaganda. Merely regurgitating the usual social talking points such as sexual gender issues, reconciliation and equal opportunity are typical and common vauge political catch phrases that don’t really mean anything but gives the audience a false conveyance that he is somehow attuned to the “social” issues. I doubt his sincerity and disagree with his ideas. Social Media Effects on Teens | Impact of Social Media on Self-Esteem (

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Speaking of “social talking points” and “common vague political catch phrases” (as well as diminishing the relevance of “social” issues, blithely dismissing the realities of 2021 and beyond, which is where current children will live, not in YOUR generation’s time) gives away your traditional, conservative bias where education and parenting are somehow falsely conflated; you predictably emphasize “proper parenting” and “instilling the necessary ethics and morals into our children.”
This paranoid attitude brings either home schooling to mind or a religious school, both unnatural contexts imposed on the actual mandate of public education, which is preparing children for the modern world within which THEY will be living, not YOU. This trustee candidate clearly gets that, while you, Dakota, do NOT.
And not everyone distrusts the media either, but I do agree with you about the problems of SOCIAL media, a whole other topic having to do with our capitalist system enabling the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world. However, it’s education that can explain and expose all that and teach kids how to be “media savvy” while curtailment evolves, currently a major political issue.