NDP wants toxic Lean experiment kept out of classrooms

With the school year kicking off this week, Saskatchewan’s New Democrats want to ensure that the Sask. Party government’s costly Lean experiment is kept out of our province’s classrooms. 

“The start of school is always an exciting time, and we certainly hope it’s the beginning of a great year for students, teachers and education workers throughout our province,” said NDP deputy leader and education critic Trent Wotherspoon. “But we’re hearing a lot of concern and frustration about this government’s plan to impose their toxic Lean pet project on our education system. These kind of misplaced priorities and bad choices need to stop.

“Despite unprecedented revenues over the last seven years, this government’s approach to education is characterized by school roofs that are propped up with temporary posts, far too many overcrowded classrooms, and far too few educational assistants to help deliver much needed one-on-one attention. But instead of fixing those things, the Sask. Party government is planning to spend even more money on consultants, as it imposes its toxic Lean agenda on our kids’ classrooms.”

The government advertised during the summer for a Lean consulting firm to work in education and other areas of government. The government specifically said it wants a Lean consultant that aligns with the Sask. Party’s beliefs – driven by the controversial program brought in to health care by the government’s $40-million American Lean consultant, John Black.

“We’ve seen the mess created in our hospitals and care facilities because of this government’s Lean experiment, and we can’t afford to let the Sask. Party do the same thing to our kids’ classrooms,” said Wotherspoon. “Students, teachers and other educational workers are already dealing with the consequences of this government’s misplaced priorities and bad choices. We need a government that devotes resources to what really matters – ensuring that our teachers and classrooms are better supported and that our students have the best possible education.”