Bc Education

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

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Thirty years ago, school supply lists were quite short, perhaps just two items: pencil crayons and a geometry set. But for a number of years now, the lists have become very long and often include two types of paper: photocopying and toilet. How did we get to this point?

Clark's Government Newspeak Isn't Going To Stop Us From Thoughtcrime

Lizanne Foster | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

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. In British Columbia today, the Government Communications and Public Engagement office has a budget of $37,900,000 to ensure that you have the correct view of what the B.C. Liberals do for you with your money.

Nothing Heroic About $25M 'Funding Increase' For Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The B.C. Liberals have been cutting funding and supports for public schools. This year alone the government asked school board to find $25 million in "administrative cuts," last year it was $29 million. So this one-time funding announcement is not what I consider to be an addition to funding, but rather a reduction in this year's cuts.

B.C. Government's Funding For Each Public School Student Seems Suspect

Courtney Cardy | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Courtney Cardy

We live in one of the most expensive places to live in Canada, have some of the highest taxes, are one of the only provinces to pay a health premium -- and yet we are second to last in the country for education spending. How can this be?

B.C. Just Kicked $25 Million Back To Public Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia

All 60 B.C. school districts will receive some cash.

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

Lizanne Foster | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

But my joyful relating of this good news will be dampened by the knowledge that there is no funding to make possible the full implementation of the new curriculum. It's as though my students have been given the keys to a car without any money for insurance or gas or maintenance or even driving lessons.

My Fond Memories Of A B.C. Education Are Sheer Fantasy For My Kids

John Doble | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
John Doble

I didn't expect the province that I grew up in to have changed their priority on public education so much that there will be a lost generation of students.

B.C. Drops Some Provincial High-School Exams

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Math and literacy will be the only skills to be formally tested starting in the next school year.

B.C. Education Grant Obscures Bigger Underfunding Issues

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

Here in B.C. our students (if they even qualify) will get $1,200. This might get you one year of textbooks, hardly a progressive move by any means. But our government is using this grant to try and gain support, and they are spending public tax money to push these ads on TV, radio, Internet, newspapers and other media.

B.C. Slammed For Losing Hard Drive With Students' Personal Info

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Education Minister Mike Bernier acknowledged the privacy breach as "unacceptable."

Stop Blaming B.C. Teachers

Sarah Miller | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The saddest part to me is how much of the public buy into the "lazy, greedy" teacher persona that our government portrays in an effort to justify its constant underfunding of our public schools.

Parents Are The Ones Actually Funding Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Parent advisory councils are now expected to cover everything from sex ed, earthquake supplies, recess/sports/music/gym equipment, classroom supplies, technology, sound systems for assemblies, library books, year end activities, field trips, playgrounds and more.

B.C. Teacher Told Student To 'Erase Your Life' With Pocket Knife

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Gerard MacIntosh was a North Vancouver principal and Grade 8 teacher.

Millions Of Student Files Lost In 'Misplaced' B.C. Gov't Hard Drive

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia

3.4 milion records dating back to the '80s have been lost.

Questions Parents Should Ask With New B.C. Curriculum

Maria Boublil | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maria Boublil

As a mother of two high-school aged kids and an educational consultant, I see first-hand the struggles that students and parents face. With the new changes to the curriculum I see the potential for these challenges to increase exponentially.

New Curriculum Not Meant For B.C. Public Schools

Lizanne Foster | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Each time I tried to imagine what personalized learning would look like in overcrowded classrooms with outdated technology, my mind sent me 404 error messages. Nothing computed.

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

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

There are so many contradictory messages that emanate from the government, it's hard to make sense of it all. It seems that there are two different personalities that take turns being in charge at the Ministry.

Goodbye Fassbender, Hello LNG Advocate?

Sarah Miller | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

This cabinet shuffle shows clear signs of Christy Clark trying to further tie our children's education and future to LNG.

Fassbender Takes Charge Of TransLink In B.C. Cabinet Shuffle

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Four ministers have new responsibilities.

I Love Being A B.C. Teacher So Much That I Have To Quit

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

Things are worse. They are so much worse. I cannot express how bad things are getting. It's because I love the work so much, that I have to leave. I've spent the last two years thinking about going. I've felt increasingly sorrowful that I simply cannot do all that these kids need and deserve me to do.

B.C. Students Will Finally Learn Their Province's Racist History

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"There are many things that have happened in the province of British Columbia people are not aware of."

Prince Rupert Elementary Students To All Learn First Nations Language

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

For 40 minutes each week, kids will be introduced to simple parts of the language through songs and activities.

Closing 19 Vancouver Schools Doesn't Make Sense

Sarah Miller | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

There is absolutely no benefit to students to have full-to-the-brim classrooms; if there is why do private schools advertise small class sizes for a better learning environment?

Closing 19 Vancouver Schools Could Save $72 Million: Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The report also said there are more than 10,000 empty classroom seats in Vancouver schools.

Some Advice For the Education Minister on Teachers' Professional Development

Lizanne Foster | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Now that Bill 11 has become law in B.C., giving the minister of education the power to determine what I do for my professional development, I'm looking forward to his plans to help me to deal with some challenges I have in my teaching practice. I have some questions that I hope he can answer.