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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 3, November/December 2007

Looking back

70 years ago

The B.C. Teacher believes that the schools of this continent are in grave danger of being robbed of the precious inheritance of true classical culture and that the blame lies chiefly at the door of present day classical teachers themselves. In view of the prevailing defeatism and futile expostulation at the stupidity of other people, it is a comfort from time to time to come across a classicist who is awake to the fact that new conditions call for sweeping and fundamental reforms in the methods and the curricula of the classical departments of our secondary schools.

– November 1937, The BC Teacher

50 years ago

Teachers are sometimes told that taxpayers are quite unable to pay more for schools or teachers’ services. That is hogwash. Fantastic sums are spent on alcohol and tobacco, for no better reason than that people want them. The prosperity of this country is such that the public could pay half as much again for teachers’ services and still not make a significant dent in its all-important standard of living. Teachers are too much put upon. Teachers, to be professional, must not put up with impositions that would be tolerated by no other professional group. They must first respect themselves, and the respect—and the financial support—of the public will inevitably follow.

– November 1957, The BC Teacher

30 years ago

So who now is being asked to carry the ball? Teachers, of course. The argument is that teachers see children daily and therefore are in a position to judge whether they are witnessing a child bearing the bruises of a beating or of simple clumsiness. Despite the urgency to have teachers co-operate to eliminate the nightmare of child abuse, many teachers continue to be reluctant to become involved. It is one more social eclipse that the teaching profession has been urged to alleviate.

– Nov./Dec. 1977, The BC Teacher

10 years ago

Having ground rules governing corporate and business involvement in our public education system is critical if boards, schools, and teachers are not to be seduced by corporate funding. Vending machines emblazoned with corporate advertising are a common sight in most schools. The CEO of Prism Communications comments, "They aren’t so much children as what I like to call ‘evolving consumers’." A corporate magazine cites the school setting, for corporate sponsors, as particularly effective for targeting students, because the classroom is "a positive and credible environment that kids love and adults trust."

– Nov./Dec. 1997, Teacher newsmagazine

Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich


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