Bc Education

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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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.

Aldergrove School Playground Condemned

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

More than 240 kids in Aldergrove, B.C., have nowhere to play because their school playground is too unsafe to use. The playground at North Otter E...

Ontario Could Save Up To $1.9 Billion Each Year By Doing This

Jason Clemens | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jason Clemens

Understanding Ontario's financial woes is critical to understanding the need for real change. The province has been in deficit since 2008-09, accumulating more than $61 billion in debt. In 2013-14, the deficit was $11.3 billion. The province's debt now stands at almost $270 billion; it was just $130 billion at the start of the 2000s.

Teach Trades To Children If You Really Want Skilled Labour

Nicky Byres | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Nicky Byres

The massive disconnect here is clear. The B.C. government talks up trades and minimally delivers post-secondary trades education, but does not fund the very building blocks the people filling those seats will need: well-resourced shops and shop teachers.

B.C. School Districts Ordered To Return All Strike Savings

CBC | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. government is instructing school districts to return any money they may have saved during the public school teachers' strike this Septem...

B.C. Teacher Suspended For 'I'm Gay' Prank Now Working In Alberta

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

BROOKS, Alta. - A shop teacher who was suspended in British Columbia for putting a sign that read "I'm gay" on the back of a student is teaching in Al...

B.C. Public Schools Need More Funding, Not Fundraising

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

I find that the inadequacies of public education funding have ignited a fire in me. Is anyone else feeling like we should stop fundraising for the things that should be funded by the government?

B.C. Teacher Suspended For Homophobic Prank

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. teacher has been suspended for two weeks after taping a message that read "I'm gay" to the back of a student's jacket. Last September, Danie...

It's Time For B.C. Teachers To Stop Lying To Parents

Naomi Lazarus | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naomi Lazarus

The teachers have been lying to us. For years. They've been covering it up. Papering over underfunding and mismanaged fiscal priorities with brightly coloured posters and sparkly stickers. Concealing an impoverished system by buying the damn supplies themselves. Without receiving so much as a tax break on those purchases.

Return To Classes 'Very Emotional'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - While his striking kindergarten teacher was off-the-job, four-year-old Branden Reynolds was working hard — reading up to 12 books a day,...

A Normal Sunday, At Last

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

The early afternoon sun brightens the kitchen as it shines down through the skylight; I can hear my two youngest children, managing to not bicker and argue their way through Lego Star Wars on the TV, and I'm sitting across the kitchen table from my teacher husband, typing this as he plots out his Socials 8 course for the year. This is the first Sunday in months that feels normal for us.


CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Many parents and students in B.C. are relieved school is finally starting on Monday after three weeks of delay, and some say there is even...

'Neither Side Got Exactly What They Wanted'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - With British Columbia's teachers' strike resolved, George Tso is shifting from stress to school-mode after three weeks using tutors and at...