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B.C. Mom Refuses To Pay Extra For School Photocopy Paper

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"I will not be buying these essential items for my children."

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Each time I tried to imagine what personalized learning would look like in overcrowded classrooms with outdated technology, my mind sent me 404 error messages.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.

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

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 07.24.2015 | 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. Needs to Value Parents' Opinions on Public Education

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.

I Know Exactly How Christy Clark Can Improve Relations With B.C. Public School Teachers

Sarah Collins | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

You see, standardized test results don't paint a full picture. And neither do my words here. You'll just have to come see for yourself.

Let's Look At The Wonky Logic Behind Less B.C. Student Funding, More Jail Investment

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Seeing that declining figures don't seem to effect the government's ability to fund our corrections system, I fail to see how our province is unable to provide our children with at least the national average for our public schools.

Dear Students: An Apology From A Teacher

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

I Refuse To Stop Spending My Own Money On My Classroom

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

Yes, I've bought the materials in the boxes that I'll be hauling to work each day this week. And yes, I sincerely wish that I hadn't had to go out of pocket to make sure that my students get the best education that I can give them. The underfunding of public education in B.C. has already taken enough out of me. I refuse to let it take who I am as a teacher, too.


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...

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

Carolyn Moeller | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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?"

If Only Students Could Be Moulded Into Pipelines Or Olympic Arenas

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

If only students were made of concrete and steel that could be moulded into things like roads, bridges, pipelines or sports arenas for Olympic events. Things that would be seen to be worth it, a good investment of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

What You See in Today's Public School Classroom Is A Mirage

Carla Friesen | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

You probably think to yourself what a lovely place to learn for your child. Teachers spend many hours finding ideas for organizing and decorating classrooms. Because they know that an organized, efficient environment is essential to learning. But it's all a mirage. What you do not see is the room's bare bones before your child's teacher came in over the summer and transformed it.

I Want To See My Students Soar, But Today I Cried

Carla Friesen | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

Today I cried. I cried because I don't want to be striking. I just want to teach. I love my job. I love those students. Every single one of them.

Why I'm Still A Teacher After 20 Years

Carla Friesen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

I will continue to do my job because I believe in these children. I will do my best to speak a word of encouragement or direction to each and every one of the 27 sweet faces in my room while I strategically try to give those five or more children that are struggling the extra time they so desperately need. It is getting harder and harder to do, but I will continue to do it. Because I am a teacher. That's my calling.

No Full Pay Without Full Work: Teachers' Employer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The intensifying battle between British Columbia's public teachers and their employer moved to a provincial labour tribunal Thursday where...

What Happens After A Teachers' Strike, From A Student's Perspective

Ramesh Ranjan | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ramesh Ranjan

The end of the 2005 strike didn't stop some teachers from bringing their feelings into the classroom -- and into the curriculum. One teacher spent most of a class criticizing the government for limiting senior teachers to a certain level of income. She even went so far as to go over her her personal finances on the whiteboard. Maybe she had a point -- but who were we to know? We were a bunch of 15-16 year old kids.

Teachers Announce Second Week Of Strikes

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia teachers will stage a second week of rotating strikes as their union's bitter dispute with the government drags on and fa...

Dismissed: A Parent's View Of The B.C. Teachers Strike

Louise Wallace | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Louise Wallace

So today's word, boys and girls, is dismissed. Dismissed from the process, dismissed from the conversation, dismissed from the opportunity. That's how I feel as a parent and that's how I feel for my kids who tomorrow will return, temporarily at least, to school.

Sides Must Bargain Hard To Resolve Teachers Dispute: Clark

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's premier is hoping a Labour Relations Board meeting will jumpstart a resolution to the dispute that has families looking...

A Kindergarten Student Told Me Teachers Are 'Lazy, Greedy'

Caroline Cho | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Caroline Cho

A kindergarten student actually said this to me the other day: teachers are lazy and greedy for money and that's why teachers are going on strike. She is five years old, and probably parroting what others have said to her outside of school.