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Province Moves To Control B.C. Teachers' Professional Development

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's time to put teachers on a similar footing as lawyers, accountants, and nurses, said the education minister.

Dear Christy Clark, Re: Public Education

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

It is commendable that your government has balanced three consecutive provincial budgets, but British Columbians (and our children in particular) are hardly better off because of it.

Retired B.C. Teacher Hid Child Porn In Ceiling, Trial Hears

CP | Tim Petruk | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia

While on bail last year, Jerry Waselenkoff asked a judge to allow him to travel to Thailand for a golf holiday.

B.C. Premier's 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Comment Riles Up Teachers

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"None of us thought we would have to keep scraping the cupboards to keep cutting."

B.C. Teachers' Ballots Bungled For Election: Union

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Teachers' union president Jim Iker says the mistake will waste thousands of dollars in extra mailing costs.

Dear Students: An Apology From A Teacher

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.18.2015 | 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.

B.C. Teachers Could Tell Forum A Thing Or Two About Innovation

Lizanne Foster | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I am curious though. I wonder what "international experts" could tell the Ministry of Education that teachers in B.C. do not already know about students and their needs?

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. Teacher Charged With Sex Assault Could Apply To Return To Classroom

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The disciplinary body that oversees B.C. teachers has left the door open for a former Vancouver Island teacher to return to the classroom after a sexu...

Cardboard Question Box Beats Google Search Box Any Day

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.01.2015 | 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.

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...

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. Teachers' Battle With Province Shifts To Court Again

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A pair of court cases that became the rallying point for British Columbia's teachers during the longest provincewide strike in its history...

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.

Few Teachers To Be Hired B.C. Districts Despite Overcrowding

The Globe And Mail | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite complaints of overcrowded classrooms, administrators in B.C.’s two largest school boards say only about 28 new teachers will be hired for th...

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. 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?

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,...

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.

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...