Lizanne Foster
Lizanne Foster, who currently teaches in Surrey, British Columbia, became a teacher by accident in apartheid-era South Africa.

Entries by Lizanne Foster

Christy Clark Win Would Go Against Everything I Teach My Students

(22) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 9:14 AM

If Christy Clark wins the provincial election on Tuesday, what shall I tell my students? When corruption and callous disregard for the marginalized can be so richly rewarded, what incentive do my students have for being good? When cheating does not preclude you from occupying the highest office in...

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Our Children's Future Is Anything But Bright Under B.C. Liberals

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 10:52 AM

The B.C. Liberals want voters to believe their promise of a future so bright they've got to wear shades, but all I can think about are the 331 children who have died in government care since Christy Clark was elected in 2013. There is certainly no bright future...

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Our Opportunity Is Here To Oust The B.C. Liberals

(30) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 11:51 AM

I have an idea for what we can do while we wait for lawyer Paul Doroshenko's GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to sue the B.C. Liberal government for abandoning their fiduciary duty when they spent public funds on partisan ads.

We can consider the ads a...

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You See A Balanced B.C. Budget, I See A Death Sentence

(18) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 4:01 PM

Dear Minister Michael De Jong,

Thank you for your voicemail message expressing your regret that I was not home to share with you my priorities for a balanced budget. Perhaps it was a good thing that I was not available for your call because I have a feeling you don't...

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B.C. NDP 'Good Enough' To Do Better Than Liberals Ever Did

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 12:22 PM

Years ago I used to lament all the times I had stayed late at work while my daughter fended for herself at home. I couldn't forgive myself for the times I had yelled when I should have just taken a deep breath. I still cringe when I remember how I didn't recognize how much she...

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Where Is Your Outrage, Citizens Of B.C.?

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 10:58 AM

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Thousands of people gather for a women's march and protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/CP)

On Saturday, it felt good to be one of thousands marching in B.C. to challenge the...

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Counting The Losses After B.C. Teachers' Supreme Court Win

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 3:06 PM

She's excited about our Supreme Court win. Premier Christy Clark, who as Minister of Education in 2002, introduced legislation that violated teachers' constitutional rights, and set in motion 14 years of students' suffering, is excited that the Supreme Court of Canada has said...

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Spare Us The Hyperbole About Flexibility In B.C.'s New Curriculum

(7) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 1:36 PM

"British Columbia's curriculum is being modernized to respond to [a] demanding world. To develop new models, the Ministry consulted with education experts both locally and internationally. They agree that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be student-centred and flexible ..."

From B.C.'s New Curriculum


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I Strive To Make My Classroom A Safe Space For Students

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 2:03 PM

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When she walks into my classroom at the beginning of the school year, she won't notice the shiny floor and the sparkling clean whiteboard. She won't pay any attention to the new posters I have on the wall or the yellow flowers on...

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You Might As Well Add Mousetraps, Personal Fans To School Supplies List

(10) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 4:08 PM

What kinds of conversations have you been hearing about back-to-school supplies lately? The angry ones where parents fume at teachers for demanding so much? Or the sad ones where parents living in poverty are trying to figure out what to cut from the household budget in...

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What Do We Teach Students In Times Like These?

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 1:42 PM

I've been turning off the radio whenever the news comes on, having exhausted my capacity to consume any more details about the latest atrocity, whether it's a 5-year-old girl being murdered along with her mother in Calgary, or a huge truck crushing people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. I don't...

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Is This British Columbia In 2016, Or Oceania In 1984?

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 3:43 PM

In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the government of Oceania has an entire Ministry that uses all forms of media to create a false reality.

One of the tasks of the Ministry of Truth is to develop a new language called Newspeak which is meant to make thoughtcrime (thinking...

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Perhaps I Can Celebrate The End Of B.C. Provincial Exams

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 12:45 PM

If I wasn't so familiar with the B.C. Ministry of Education's Jekyll-and-Hyde character, I'd be thrilled with the new Graduation Program. After decades of frustration about the limits to student learning experiences that provincial exams set, I'd love to pop a champagne cork now that I am free...

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The Devastating Opportunity Costs Of B.C.'s 'Balanced Budget'

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 1:22 PM

When Premier Clark decided that pets living in B.C. were vulnerable and needed protection, did anyone in her cabinet mention her "families first" promise during her last election campaign?

I have a friend who is so poor that sometimes he will buy one can of tuna so that both he...

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The Skills That Only Teenagers Possess

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 6:22 PM

Dear Teens,

I see what you've been doing. I've been noticing it for a while now. Almost weekly you are solving intractable problems that have had adults stymied for years. A cheap way to check for pancreatic cancer. Stopping the spread of germs on planes. Cutlery...

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B.C. Voters Care About More Than Money

(33) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:18 AM

Does Premier Christy Clark believe that money is the only thing on the minds of voters? Does she think that voters are really enjoying having the extra money in their pockets from all her tax cuts so that they can have the choice to pay to cross bridges? Does she...

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The Children Christy Clark Forgot

(19) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 11:04 AM

I'm thinking of the students who wish school was open today. The ones whose only meal each day is the one they get through a school meal program.

I'm thinking of the one in five B.C. children living in poverty who Santa Claus will...

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Students Will Remember Laughter More Than Tests

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:32 PM

I have a confession. I am a high school teacher who doesn't care about how many As my students get. In fact, I dislike high-stakes tests as much as my students do. I tell my students that tests test how well you can do tests. And so, I do not "teach...

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New Curriculum Not Meant For B.C. Public Schools

(21) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 5:13 PM

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how the new B.C. curriculum could be implemented in all the classrooms I know. I could not fathom how a teacher could personalize learning for all 30 of her students when half of them who needed support of one kind or...

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The New B.C. Education Curriculum Is Part Of Jekyll And Hyde Story

(13) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 3:18 PM

I wish I could get excited about the new curriculum from the B.C. Ministry of Education, I really do. I wish I could believe all the hoopla about how the new curriculum is going to prepare our students for their lives as adults in the 21st century. I...

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