To the editor:
I’m a retired teacher who struggles daily to avoid becoming too narrow-minded and full of myself. If the word ‘teacher’ turns you off, dear reader, then read no further—I’ll try to understand.
Today, I’m struck by the irony of our provincial government spending your and my tax dollars to take out inflammatory full page ads in local papers, as well as radio and TV spots, to negotiate the B.C. government/BCTF contract in public rather than behind closed doors where this activity belongs.
We teachers must be really nasty people, if you believe this twisted advertising!
I have recently re-read my copy of the language arbitrarily stripped from the teacher contract by the Liberal government in January 2002. This language dealt with class size, class composition, and staffing formulas for non-enrolling teachers. A mechanism for resolving disputes, agreed to by the employer and the teachers, was part of the stolen package. Ironically this crime occurred on the watch of the 2002 then B.C. education minister, Christy Clark—go figure.
So the final straw (poor camel’s back) is the appearance that the schoolyard bully is now using the lunch money she stole from her victim to inflict ongoing disrespect and pain upon this same victim.
Jack Holly, Kelowna