Ashley D. MacKenzie
High School Teacher
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.
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
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 thought for a while that work tires me out more than it used to because I'm getting older, that I just don't have as much energy as I used to. But, um, I'm 31. I'm not exactly shaking hands with the dude in the black cloak.
12/04/2014 07:42 EST
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
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
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
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
The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?
08/01/2014 01:58 EDT
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
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'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
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
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