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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 2, October 2005

Looking back

70 years ago

In the face of scandalous instances of low pay for teachers, Canadian Federation of Teachers’ President J. R. MacKay, is justified in asking "The burden of training the future citizens of this nation should not be placed on individual teachers but upon the adult population of provinces and the Dominion. Are our people and governments shirking their responsibilities because they know that they will be met anyway by conscientious parents and altruistic teachers?"
The BC Teacher, October 1935

50 years ago

A tidal wave of instructional materials—free for the asking or even without the asking—is a major headache for teachers and administrators today. Donors or "sponsors" of these materials include civic, patriotic and political organizations, business, industry, government, labour, and agriculture. The American Association of School Administrators attributes the rising flood of free materials in recent years to the fact that 30 million youngsters—a captive audience—represent a potential market. Principle objections to gratis offerings on the part of school people can be grouped under two general headings: they may contain obvious advertising or biased information.
The BC Teacher, Sept./Oct. 1955

30 years ago

Integrating staffrooms in secondary school buildings seems, to many, a very trivial and inconsequential issue. The practice of segregated staffrooms reflects an attitude based on the assumption that women don’t belong in areas of management, politics, or administration. Out of Vancouver’s 18 secondary schools, 12 have segregated staffrooms, four have mixed and separate, and only two have totally integrated rooms. These data usually shock teachers outside the Vancouver area. It seems that this phenomenon is not widespread enough to justify any explanations based on departmental regulations in planning facilities.
The BC Teacher, Sept./Oct. 1975

10 years ago

Nothing speaks more clearly to the idea that teachers in British Columbia have been successful in combining professionalism with unionism than the following poll results: 60% of the public believe that our collective agreements are responsible for reducing or defending class size, compared with 14% for the ministry, and 12% for local boards. We are bargaining our first provincial contract. To turn 75 collective agreements rooted in a myriad of unique local situations and histories into a single provincial contract that is true to those roots is a monumental challenge. We were successful in the past because we stood together. Success at the provincial table will require no less.
Teacher, October 1995

– Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich

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