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Sept. 5 BCFed rally in Vancouver

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Sept. 5 BCFed rally in Vancouver

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Abbotsford rally

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Nelson rally

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Speaking Out! Your Letters and Blogs

Dear Ms. Clark,



Your legacy as the BC Minister of Education is the chaos that has dominated our public education system since your tenure.
In the current dispute you have demonstrated little sense of urgency in reaching a settlement with teachers and letting our children and grandchildren begin their school year on time. I assume your son will start school promptly this year even if there is a late start in the public school system.

Perhaps you would be willing to show some solidarity with BC families by keeping your son home until our children get to go back to school. Better yet, you should enrol your son in a school with the same staffing levels and opportunities you see fit to provide to the rest of BC's kids.



Sincerely,

Elly Vandelaar

Tax paying public school teacher 

In the midst of this ridiculous, unnecessary and heartbreaking crisis, my spirits were lifted to extraordinary heights by a surprise visit from a former student on our first strike day at Terry Fox Secondary. More...

This is not a 'fight' about wages, or about class sizes, or about who didn't go to the bargaining table. This is about the future of public education, and subsequently our society's entire way of life. More...  

From a Greedy Teacher
Yes. Yes, I am greedy. I am greedy for time. Time to spend with each of my students, checking in with them, ensuring they have a grasp of concepts we are studying. Time to answer their questions, time to ask how things are going. Time to help. Time to encourage. Time to praise. Time to listen. I am hungry for time. More...  

I don't know if this is the appropriate place to share my words. I hope you receive this Jim with the many emails I am sure you are receiving. As you, Jim Iker are in talks with Vince Ready, I wanted to say thank-you for saying NO to. More...  

A good afternoon to you in these troubled times. I am a teacher in Abbotsford and I want to thank you and the council for your work over the past few years with the difficult (impossible?) negotiations you have undergone with our government. Although I haven't agreed with all of your decisions throughout the labour strife, you have certainly done a better job than I ever could and I do believe that you have the best interests of both teachers and children in mind when faced with the many difficult chess moves you have made. More...  

For those who believe that the BC government is bargaining in good faith with the striking teachers, this letter is for you. More...  

ALL BRITISH COLUMBIANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESENT (UNDERFUNDED/UNDERSTAFFED) STATE OF OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM I have worked as a teacher for 33 years in the public school system in British Columbia the past 12 of which have been as a secondary teacher-counselor. Our work encompasses academic planning, work on students’ timetables, transitions to and from secondary school, and most importantly, supporting the social-emotional needs of all our students. At least it should. More...  

I know that we are all very passionate about our struggle to improve learning conditions for our students, but I really wish that teachers would take a stronger stance on looking out for themselves as well. More...  

I am a teacher in B.C. and I have been quiet (for the most part) about the ongoing conflict and subsequent job action. Quiet even when reading comments online and in the papers attacking me as being selfish, lazy and greedy. Quiet even when the guy in the white SUV drove past me on the picket line yesterday screaming at me to “get back to work #$%^ing lazy…” There are a lot of statistics and ‘facts’ being put forth by the government but these are my facts, my reality. More...  

My name is Blaine Mandin. I AM a teacher. It is not just a job, it is a calling. It is a vocation as it is for most of my colleagues. We do not enter into job action such as this lightly. It impacts our students, our parents, and our families. We understand that there is not an endless supply of money. More...  

Dear Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender,
I am writing to you as a concerned educator regarding the current teachers’ strike. I write to you on the eve of ‘back to school’ – a day that should be filled with nervous excitement and happiness for educators and students across your province. Instead it is a day filled with sadness, concern, rage and a variety of emotions – none of which are beneficial for the future growth of children in our province. More...