||Volume 19, Number 1, September 2006
by Chris Bocking
70 years ago
Probably nothing in recent history has given the thoughtful observer more reason for disquiet than has the collapse of elemental human freedom in so many parts of the world. Of all liberties none is more essential than freedom on the part of teachers to speak the truth in their classrooms and to take their place as citizens in the community at large. One favourite form of teacher-baiting is the passing of loyalty laws. Such statutes have been enacted in nearly half of the States of the American Republic during recent years and there is no sign or probability of a turn in the tide.
– September 1936, The BC Teacher
50 years ago
The beginning of a school year is an excellent time for teachers to look over the protection they carry on their lives, their homes, their cars. How many will think to consider the protection they carry on their health? The BCTF Medical Services’ Association has been actively in the business of protecting the health of teachers for 15 years. During that time payments on behalf of members have exceeded half a million dollars. A serious illness, without protection, can cripple a family financially.
– Sept/Oct. 1956, The BC Teacher
30 years ago
Unless we’ve not yet shaken the last grains of sand from our eyes, fellow ostriches, we must admit that the magic has gone from the first exciting dreams of school guidance. After more than a generation of try-out in this province, even the most confident must conclude that the conduct of guidance—at least as compared with what was at first conceived—has been weighed in the balance and found wanting. An elite guidance force found it hard to defend itself against the charge that it had lost touch with the workaday classroom. At the same time the subject teacher was only too happy to attend to geography and leave the behaviour problems to the specialist.
– Sept/Oct. 1976, The BC Teacher
10 years ago
Experiencing stress in our lives is universal and stress-related disorders are increasingly on the rise. In fact, statistics indicate that over half of all visits to health-care professionals are associated with stress-related disorders. Ongoing changes within our society and workplace such as expanded workload with downsizing, demands to do as much or more with decreased funding, technological developments, and societal changes often where we have fewer social supports, all lead to lifestyle demands that have become difficult to manage at the best of times.
– Sept. 1996, Teacher
Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich