Bc Education

Teach Trades To Children If You Really Want Skilled Labour

Nicky Byres | Posted 09.29.2014 | 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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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.

BACK TO SCHOOL!

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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...

The Last Day of School

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

As families in B.C. prepare for the long-awaited return to school, I am inspired to sit down and write out my own reflections of this past summer. In countless movies, we see children hard at work on their first day of classes, writing out their first essay of the school year. And so, I take a page from that to bring you "What I Did On My Last Day Of School."

B.C. Teachers' Strike Ends With Bittersweet Contract Approval

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann and Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Half a million British Columbia students will start their school year next week after the province's strike-weary public school teachers r...

The Conspiracy Of Silence In B.C. Schools Is Over

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

Well, here we are, with a deal to vote on. We're climbing up out of the trenches, dusting ourselves off, holding our noses against the stench of manipulation, and voting. We'll vote yes, but it won't be an overwhelming yes.

B.C. Teachers Vote On Bittersweet Contract Deal With Province

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The mood was bittersweet Thursday as British Columbia teachers cast ballots on a tentative contract deal that could bring down picket line...

B.C. Teachers' Strike 2014: At What Cost?

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

These past three months have been an exercise in spinning plates, deciding what bills must be paid now and which can sit for a month; making those excruciatingly embarrassing phone calls to utility companies to ask for extensions, explaining our circumstances and hoping for an understanding and lenient person on the other end of the phone. I can't help but shake my head, because shouldn't teachers with their professional training be able to make ends meet better than this?

B.C. Teachers Should Vote No To Tentative Deal

Tara Ehrcke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tara Ehrcke

Despite what I know was a Herculean effort on the part of our bargaining team, I very much hope that B.C. teachers will vote no to the tentative agreement. After five weeks of strike, and 12 years of legal battles, this is not the deal that will restore sanity to public education and it is not a fair deal for teachers and students.

B.C. Teachers' Strike Was About Values, Not Economics

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

Now, do I feel as though both sides compromised equally on this contract? No. I do feel like the teachers gave up more. But as much as I'd like a salary increase that actually kept up with the rate of inflation, and the budget to fund some firm way of handling class size and composition, this whole strike wasn't about economics.

Veteran Mediator Elevated To Hero Status In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Veteran mediator Vince Ready is being hailed as a hero for mediating the contentious B.C. teachers' dispute to a tentative deal after five marathon da...

DEAL

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's long-warring government and teachers' union have made unprecedented educational labour peace with a six-year collective...

B.C. Teachers' Dispute Spins Into Boycott Of Businesses

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A grassroots campaign is underway to boycott B.C. businesses aligned with a coalition that has waded into the legal aspects of the current provincial ...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Epic Struggle Of Dinosaurs

Steven Burton | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Steven Burton

Millions of years ago, a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex fought it out as the Cretaceous period came to a end. Neither realized their struggle was futile since they were both about to become extinct. The B.C. teachers' strike is another epic struggle of dinosaurs as the Ministry of Education and teachers' union are locked in bitter dispute over issues that have little significance since the market for education has fundamentally changed.

Is Mother Nature Trying To Say Something About Teachers' Strike?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

As the two sides of the B.C. teachers' strike continue to hunker down with a mediator, Mother Nature appears to be making a statement. Teachers on ...

Do B.C. Parents Have To Buy Toilet Paper Soon As Part Of School Supplies?

Carolyn Moeller | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Moeller

Then there is the issue of school supplies. I have watched the list steadily lengthen over the years. This year alone, I have spent $300 just so my children can have adequate supplies for school. Not to mention that their supply lists include ridiculous items like Kleenex, photocopy paper and Ziploc bags. If our schools don't even have the funding to supply children with something to wipe their noses with, then like one parent said to me, "What's next, toilet paper?"

Promising? Marathon Teachers' Strike Talks Go Into Wee Hours

Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Discussions between the B.C. teachers' union, the province and a mediator went late into the night over the weekend, as British Columbia enters a thir...

A Rough Guide To E80 And The B.C. Teachers' Strike

Sandy Garossino | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Everybody watching the B.C. public teachers' strike has heard of E80, and nobody understands it. Even the negotiating teams can't agree on what it means -- a pretty good sign that it should be deep-sixed pronto. The bottom line is that the parties' positions on E80 is fatally poisoned by distrust. Many fault the union, but it's the government who wrote the script.