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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 6, April 2007

Looking back

70 years ago

The 1937 Convention of British Columbia Teachers’ Federation will be of historical importance for the announcement, authorized by the Honourable the Minister of Education, that a system of high school accrediting will come into effect. The present system of university admission results in the almost automatic admission of a disproportionate number of candidates who are unfitted for university study and whose high school teachers know them to be unfitted for work of university grade. For judgment in this connection, the teachers’ intimate knowledge of a pupil, based upon his record of at least four years of high school studies, provides data that no external examination board can possess.
– April, 1937, The BC Teacher

50 years ago

Coke puts you at your sparkling best. You taste the difference…even the bubbles taste better. You feel the difference…there’s life, there’s lift in Coke. Free booklet "Refreshment Through the Years" now available to schools…tells the exciting story of Coca-Cola from beginning to present. This booklet tells the story of a need…of a search…of the growth of an industry in your community. Also available at no cost…a 30 minute 16 mm sound colour film "Refreshment Through The Years." [Full page advertisement, complete with picture of smiling, animated young people.]
– April, 1957, The BC Teacher

30 years ago

Under the heading "The Myth of Smaller Classes in Schools," the Economic Council of Canada trumpets that "the study disproves the belief that smaller class sizes will improve the efficiency of the school system," and that this has "important implications for educational policy-makers." This, of course, is irresponsible nonsense. The report disproves nothing, nor does it in any way contest the findings of some 60 studies, conducted in North America in the last 25 years, that show class size as a highly important factor in education.
– March/April, 1977, The BC Teacher

10 years ago

Delegates arriving at the hotel were met by a group of protesters worried that the meeting intended to pass a motion that would lead to teaching homosexuality to their children. A demonstration by gay and lesbian youth on Sunday during the noon break was intended to encourage delegates to support the efforts to eliminate homophobia in the schools. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to do what is necessary to make schools open and accepting for all students and teachers whatever their sexuality.
– April, 1997 Teacher newsmagazine

Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich

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