Bc Education

Dear Christy Clark: Stop Relying On Parents, Teachers To Fund B.C. Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The only problem with our public school system in B.C. is that we have a government that is unwilling to fund it properly.

B.C. Teacher Under Fire Again For Showing A 'Racy' Video

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Joe Winkler said he clicked on the wrong YouTube link.

Province Moves To Control B.C. Teachers' Professional Development

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's time to put teachers on a similar footing as lawyers, accountants, and nurses, said the education minister.

Let's Plant The Seeds For Spring Renewal In B.C. Politics

Lizanne Foster | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Just as a gardener may imagine what will emerge in the summer after the planting of new seeds in the spring, I too imagine what could emerge in our province in the future.

Dear Christy Clark, Re: Public Education

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

It is commendable that your government has balanced three consecutive provincial budgets, but British Columbians (and our children in particular) are hardly better off because of it.

We Can't Change B.C. Government's Choices, But We Can Recall MLAs

Lizanne Foster | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

If you are a voter who has been feeling like your family's needs have been ignored given the BC Liberals' choices for the past 14 years, consider joining the recall effort.

If Kids Can't Play in Publicly-Funded Playgrounds, Where Can They Go?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Two moms and five kids tried to use a playground at a North Vancouver French private school around 4 p.m. The principal asked them to leave because the school grounds are off-limits to the public until 5:30 p.m. The playground was built from money fundraised by neighbourhood parents. If children cannot play in a playground that their parents fundraised for, where can they go?

B.C. Premier's 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Comment Riles Up Teachers

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"None of us thought we would have to keep scraping the cupboards to keep cutting."

Private School Playground Off-Limits: B.C. Principal Tells Moms

CBC | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Gérard Martinez said the school's signs clearly say the playground is closed to the public during school hours, which run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

B.C. Teachers' Ballots Bungled For Election: Union

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Teachers' union president Jim Iker says the mistake will waste thousands of dollars in extra mailing costs.

Threatening Letters Put Okanagan Falls, Penticton Schools On Lockdown

CBC | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The letters threaten to harm students.

Dear Students: An Apology From A Teacher

Lizanne Foster | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm sorry that you are forced to sit for 6 hours each school-day despite research that reveals the detrimental cognitive and health effects of excessive sitting. I wish you had not had your curiosity crushed by classroom conformity.

B.C. Band Teacher Disciplined For Inappropriate Calls, Dinners, Practices

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver high school band teacher has been disciplined for crossing professional boundaries, including an "inappropriately close relationship" with...

B.C. Adults Must Now Pay For High School Upgrades

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is calling on the B.C. government to reverse a decision that will abolish funding for some adult students.Adult...

Controversial B.C. Minister Shuffled To New Job Same Day As Critical Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has shuffled her cabinet, moving Amrik Virk out of his advanced education portfolio on the same day an updated report...

Vancouver Teacher Cited Before For 'Kissing Game' Suspended Again

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver elementary school teacher previously cited for inappropriate behaviour including conducting a "kissing game" and hitting students on the b...

Teaching Is The Most Exhausting Job I've Had, But I Won't Quit

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I thought for a while that work tires me out more than it used to because I'm getting older, that I just don't have as much energy as I used to. But, um, I'm 31. I'm not exactly shaking hands with the dude in the black cloak.

Cardboard Question Box Beats Google Search Box Any Day

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Something I love about my job is when my students tell me something that "blows my mind" (in teenspeak). Being a teacher of teens means that I am frequently having to adjust what I thought I knew about a whole range of issues. The most recent adjustment has been to what I thought I knew about teens' relationship with the Internet.

Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Personalized learning will mean that more often than not your child will be interacting with his/her personal computer while completing courses online. It makes so much sense to try to sell this doublespeak version of "personalized" to parents. It's so much cheaper to buy a new computer than to pay a teacher's salary year after year.

B.C. College Could Help Land You 'Best Job In The World'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Attending a small B.C. could help land you the “Best Job in the World” — as Greg Snell can attest. Snell beat out over 330,000 candidates fro...

Chevron Money For B.C. Classrooms Pumps Up Debate

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A corporate funding program available to B.C. schools has become a Vancouver election issue, yet again highlighting the debate over educational resour...

Vancouver's A Good Book Drive Expands To Brooklyn

Cory Ashworth | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

Since 2012, A Good Book Drive has inspired Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids' book during the month of November. The third annual drive, launching Nov. 1, aims to collect 3,000 books

B.C. School Strike Daycare Cheques Coming: Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says government cheques are in the mail to help British Columbia's parents cover daycare costs incurred durin...

B.C. Can't Get Away With Voiding Contract Clauses: BCTF Lawyer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A litany of consequences arise if the British Columbia government is allowed to get away with rubbing out hundreds of clauses from the tea...

B.C. Task Force Needed To Address Class Size, Composition

Norm Goldstein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Norm Goldstein

We must plan to not recreate the same conditions that led up to the past labour dispute. The time to organize a provincial task force, is now. It does not make sense to relegate a discussion of core educational philosophy (class size and composition) to be part of an adversarial labour negotiation.