Bc Education

No Chance Now Of Public School Starting As Scheduled

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RICHMOND, B.C. - Veteran mediator Vince Ready has walked away from talks between British Columbia teachers and their employer, smothering parents' hop...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Violates My Right To Education

Callista Ryan | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Callista Ryan

I'm a 16 year old student whose future is at stake, my rights are being violated, and I need you to hear me out.

Ending Teachers' Dispute Lies In Hands Of B.C. Government

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Teachers do not hold the purse strings to public funds in this province. Teachers cannot pass legislation. Teachers cannot ignore Supreme Court rulings without risking jail. The government can and has done all these things. It is the government who can end this dispute.

Will B.C. Public School Start On Tuesday?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - School districts in British Columbia are holding off telling parents the start of classes will be cancelled next Tuesday amid fresh negoti...

Glimmer Of Hope As Mediator Meets With Both Sides Of Teachers' Strike

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RICHMOND, B.C. - A veteran labour mediator waded into a bitter dispute between the British Columbia government and its teachers Thursday, meeting with...

B.C. Teacher Warned Repeatedly Of Inappropriate Touching

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Coquitlam teacher has resigned after an investigation revealed he often hugged girls in his class and allowed them to sit on his lap. Between 201...

Education Minister Asks Teachers To Suspend Strike

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The question of whether British Columbia's half-million schoolchildren start classes as scheduled next week appears to hinge the teachers' ...

Striking B.C. Teachers Offering $40 Daycare Services

CBC | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Many striking teachers in B.C. are setting up day camps and childcare services for school kids starting next week, under the expectation none of them ...

B.C. Teachers Back On Pickets 1 Week Before Scheduled Classes Start

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - For the past two months, Chris Moon has been running tractors, bailers and swathers at his father's hay farm in Creston, B.C.He was suppos...

This MasterChef Wishes She Had A Different Conversation With Christy Clark

Danielle Cardozo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Danielle Cardozo

I consider myself an extremely resourceful woman. I don't give up until I find an answer. Funny thing though, in this situation I cannot seem to find the answer: I can leave my five- and nine-year-old children at home alone while I go to work, or I can stay home from work with my children and lose out on pay and possibly even my job. Christy, do you have any ideas? I have about a week to figure this out.

B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Like Watching Parents Divorce

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

As a therapist, I specialize in assisting families through separation and divorce, and this entire impasse has reminded me of the dynamics that exist between high conflict parents when they are separating. In the case of a high conflict divorce, the collateral damage is always the children.

I Was So Wrong About Teaching, So Why Am I Still Doing It?

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

When I heard teachers complaining about possible limits on sick time, I rolled my eyes. Big time. Then I started teaching. And I had to eat my eye rolls as I ate into my sick days. It was like I didn't even have an immune system. I was getting sick with things that I'd never even picked up when I was a student.

B.C. Teachers Ramp Up Pressure On Government

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The union representing British Columbia's striking teachers plans to spend the final week before the scheduled start of classes increasing...

'Let's Get This Deal Done': Teachers' Union Challenges Province

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The head of the B.C. Teachers' Federation is urging government to enter mediation with teachers in order to end an ongoing strike before the school ye...

For Every Student, There Was A Teacher

Armand Birk | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Armand Birk

I am not an upset parent, I am not a teacher nor someone who is related to a teacher. I am a recently graduated French Immersion student. Though I may not hold any political, economic or sway of any other kind in the matter, I believe that my opinions represent a vast majority of the beliefs of the students of this province.

B.C. Parents Deserve To Know True Plans For Public Education

Nahid Ghani | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Nahid Ghani

My son is in Grade 12 and my daughter is in Grade 2. With the current obscure fate of negotiations, I am anxious not only about my son's future but also about that of all other Grade 12 students in B.C. whose achievements are greatly indebted to the amazing work of their teachers.

Parents Of Public School Students Could Get Just Days' Warning

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Parents of public school students in Vancouver could get as little as five days notice of whether or not schools will open as scheduled on Sept. 2. ...

My High School Kids, My Teacher Husband, And The Public School Crisis

Nicky Byres | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Nicky Byres

My kids are lost in the shuffle because they are not at the very top or the very bottom. They could use more teacher face time but it isn't there. I have seen my kids' teachers standing on cold sidelines cheering them on at 4 p.m. on a Friday across the city because they volunteered to sponsor the team. I don't want my kids' teachers to be overworked, under-motivated and overwhelmed.

If Students Were Money And Schools Were Banks, Then Teachers Would Be...

Sarah Collins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

Begin additional duties during entire contract term including: motivational speaker, crisis care manager, strategist, behavioral specialist, materials manager, writer, public relations representative, technology manager, first aid attendant, complaints department manager, and role model.

I Will Hold The Line For B.C.'s Public Education System

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

For the angry ones who rage in class, and the sad ones whose arms bear scars and who cannot eat, but also cannot get a counsellor, #IWillHoldTheLine. For the brilliant children of great promise, whose programs have been eliminated and who mark time helping others while waiting for the challenges they need, #IWillHoldTheLine.

Teachers Create Satirical Christy Clark Board Game

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Two B.C. teachers have created a satirical board game that lets you "race across British Columbia to shut down schools, privatize the industry and rai...

Why Supporting Students With Special Needs Benefits Us All

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.

Private Schools Aren't The Only Place For Diverse Education In B.C.

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I attended five of B.C.'s public schools. And they were all choice programs. Unique programs. Schools within the public education system that provided me with experiences and opportunities that people often think are relegated to the private system. But here's the thing: they're not.

A Conversation Between B.C. Parents During Teachers' Strike

Sarah Collins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

"I say we just gather parents to teach students in the schools this September, until an agreement can be reached!" says one of the dads. I kick off my sandals and light my hair on fire.

Mediator Agrees To Monitor Teacher Contract Talks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Veteran mediator Vince Ready is making himself available in an attempt to end the acrimonious dispute involving British Columbia's public ...