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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 7, May/June 2005

Looking back

70 years ago

One of the many unfortunate effects of the depression in British Columbia has been the virtual compulsory segregation of unemployed men in relief camps in various parts of the province. Winter is a trying time for these men, due to weather conditions, which do not allow them to engage in the usual routine of outdoor work and sport. Last week, in an effort to alleviate conditions in the camps, correspondence courses in technical subjects were inaugurated by the Vancouver Technical School.
– The BC Teacher, May 1935

50 years ago

The worst enemies of the schools are the other media of education, the press, cheap literature, radio, television, and the movies. For these too often feed the imagination without demanding intellectual effort or contributing to the improvement of the person. They offer an environment that is too often cheap and vulgar, ringing the changes on sex and violence.

If my thesis is correct that personalities are developed from the material selected from the environment, then these media of entertainment play a vital role in shaping the lives of our people. It is unfortunate that the selection of the material offered is so often determined by the profit motive, that many owners of these media and the advertising agencies lack a greater sense of social responsibility.
– The B.C. Teacher, May/June 1955

30 years ago

The most dominant characteristic of teachers is their gutlessness. If that provokes you, well and good. Angry people are sometimes not as gutless as they would otherwise be. In a profession that offers a very high degree of security there is little excuse for timidity, but teachers are frightened to a ridiculous extreme. In many schools administrators persist in practices that many of the staff see as educationally unhealthy, but nothing is done to change the situation. Until enough teachers are prepared to be unpopular with students, with their colleagues, with parents, and with the administrative hierarchy, the public school system will move farther and farther into confusion and difficulties.
– The B.C. Teacher, May/June 1975

10 years ago

Last spring, with the stroke of a pen, Mike Harcourt and friends forced us to abandon familiar routes and move into new territory with only the sketchiest of maps. Representatives from BCPSEA (B.C. Public Sector Employers’ Association) reinforced that sense of newness when they invited us to participate in a different approach to bargaining. Unfortunately, BCPSEA’s actions fall short of their rhetoric.
– Teacher, May/June 1995

Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich

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