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Ashley D. MacKenzie

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<a href="http://ashleydmackenzie.com/" rel="nofollow">Ashley D. MacKenzie</a> is a high school teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She prefers dogs over cats, books over movies, and conversation over silence. <br> <br> Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/AshDMacKenzie" rel="nofollow">@AshDMacKenzie</a>.
This Is What Premier Clark Is Calling A

This Is What Premier Clark Is Calling A Success

I need to talk about education. About the premier's deflection of all questions about more than a decade's worth of underfunding. About how she keeps saying that B.C. students are ranked number one internationally for reading. Because the fact that we rank number one in reading means nothing.
05/01/2017 01:12 EDT
Living The Imperfect Vancouver Dream Is Perfect For

Living The Imperfect Vancouver Dream Is Perfect For Me

No, it's not cheap to live here. And yes, we could have bought a house in the suburbs for the same cost as our condo, but that's the thing -- we don't want a house. We don't want extra square footage that we're going to fill with things we never use. We just want to live the life that feels right for us.
07/29/2015 02:13 EDT
The Ultimate Year-End Gift For

The Ultimate Year-End Gift For Teachers

If your child is willing to sit down and write a few words about what they enjoyed about this school year or semester, it would carry the weight of a dozen coffee mugs with fraction of the required storage space.
06/19/2015 01:54 EDT
I Refuse To Stop Spending My Own Money On My

I Refuse To Stop Spending My Own Money On My Classroom

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.
09/22/2014 12:28 EDT
B.C. Teachers' Strike Was About Values, Not

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

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.
09/17/2014 03:00 EDT
I Was So Wrong About Teaching, So Why Am I Still Doing

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

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.
08/25/2014 02:13 EDT
Private Schools Aren't The Only Place For Diverse Education In

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

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.
08/15/2014 04:30 EDT
B.C. Teachers Are Only Asking For What Was Taken

B.C. Teachers Are Only Asking For What Was Taken Away

The B.C. teachers' union isn't demanding unheard-of new funding. They're asking for the funding that B.C.'s kids used to have. They're asking for the government to respect the rule of law and invest in B.C.'s future. They're asking the Liberals to return the money that they have spent elsewhere.
06/17/2014 06:57 EDT
Why B.C. Teachers Are Eating Lunch On The

Why B.C. Teachers Are Eating Lunch On The Curb

We legally aren't allowed to help students during lockout hours, nor are we allowed to be in the building. This is not a teacher choice. If we are at school working during these times, we're trespassing. It's why you'll see many of us having lunch on the curb. We aren't picketing during lunch. We're eating.
06/11/2014 02:30 EDT
I Shouldn't Have To Make This

I Shouldn't Have To Make This Choice

I'm being asked to vote on whether to strike in order to show that these things matter to me, when that shouldn't even be a question.... I'm stuck under that horrid rock of emotion, bound by financial stress, drained colleagues, and confused kids.
06/06/2014 11:33 EDT
Hey B.C. Students, Let's Talk About Your

Hey B.C. Students, Let's Talk About Your Walkout

I'm not saying "do" or "don't" walk out. You're rational beings. You have your own brains. You can make your own decisions. And I can't physically stop you from exiting a building. Most of you are bigger than me by the end of Grade 8, anyway. But I do hope that you make informed choices. That you really understand what you're doing and why you're doing it.
06/02/2014 01:42 EDT