Public education is a hot topic in the news in British Columbia today. We know that parents are concerned about their children's learning and the state of the public schools. These topics will help you keep up-to-date and informed.
Curriculum change (revised)
Major changes are currently happening to curriculum in British Columbia’s education system. The BCTF believes that many of these changes are positive, although there remain outstanding concerns.
Class size and composition
BC teachers are working hard to meet the needs of all students in the face of large classes and not enough support for students with special needs.
Foundation Skills Assessment/standardized testing
Please go to
bctf.ca/fsa.aspx for the withdrawal letter and for more information.
Teacher Communications to Parents about the FSAs
Several legal decisions have supported the rights and responsibilities of teachers to directly communicate with parents about important educational issues. Procedures have been agreed upon between teachers and their employers for sending approved information on the FSAs to parents, so that they can make fully informed choices.
Public education is a community, not a commodity
We are witnessing a concerted effort by corporations, such as Pearson plc, to gain access to students in our schools. This is happening at a time when schools are struggling with funding shortfalls. Teachers in BC have concerns about the implications of allowing private interests to control public education.
Public Education is not for sale.
Teachers are also very concerned about the impact of the excessive focus on testing, data collection, measuring and ranking. The brochure "
Talking about teaching and learning" may help to begin a discussion of these issues.
More and more communities are facing
school closures. Since 2002, more than 200 public schools have been closed in the province. The heart of communities is under threat.
Many school districts are looking at cost-saving strategies, like
school calendar changes, to deal with funding cuts. Become informed about the effect of such changes.