To the editor:
On March 26, without first consulting BC teachers or the BCTF, the Christy Clark government introduced Bill 11, which will change the system of teacher professional development in the province.
To hear a related discussion, Google the March 27 podcast of BC Almanac (CBC radio) with guest Ron Burton (chair of the Burnaby School Board) and a number of telephone callers.
Victoria teacher Tara Ehrcke wrote on her education blog, Staffroom Confidential: “The legislation as introduced gives government the power to enact an approval system of its choice. Who approves and what is approved will be key to the degree of coercive control the new scheme represents.”
With this in mind, it’s time for a rewrite of Another Brick in the Wall (with apologies to Pink Floyd): Christy Clark: Brick in the Wall
Teachers don’t need Pro-D regulation
Teachers don’t need Christy’s thought control
No dark Bill 11 from Victoria
Christy leave them teachers alone
Hey! Christy! Leave them teachers alone!
All in all you’re another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.