It’s long been contended that learning is not a continuous forward motion; that there are ebbs and flows as we absorb, process, and re-calibrate. Some learning occurs in giant leaps, some in moderate gains, and some in baby steps. It’s just how it works.
Please pay attention class, we are on the precipice of a giant leap.
My friend and trusted resource, Dr. Charles Boulet, who was interviewed in this blog last year, recently participated in the initiation of Bill 203 in Alberta, Canada. Otherwise recognized as The Childhood Vision Assessment Act, Bill 203 seeks to ensure all the children of Alberta have access to an eye exam prior to beginning first grade. After educating the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) on the various aspects of visual science and potential visual impediments to learning, Dr. Boulet and the MLA, Mrs. Mary Anne Jablonski, co-initiated the bill and negotiated the final wording. Along the way, meetings were coordinated between the Associate and College of Optometrists, the school board association, and the Government of Alberta.
In a recent publication of the Gateway Gazette, Dr. Boulet wrote:
If you know ANYTHING about me and my professional work, you’ll know that my passion is taking care of kid’s vision needs and advocating for same.
Well, I’m smiling ear-to-ear right now. Something I’ve been working towards for many lunar cycles now is close to happening – ensuring ALL Alberta children get the benefit of a basic eye exam before we stuff them into classrooms and make them absorb screen time.
Bill 203 has now passed First Reading in the Alberta Legislature, and still has a few hurdles left before becoming law. However, at this juncture Bill 203 is enjoying full support of the Alberta government caucus, as well as broad support in Optometry. Congratulations to Dr. Boulet for his efforts on this!
Stay tuned for more on this story. 🙂