Wednesday, October 19, 2005

How the Grinch Stole Education

Well, it's true that teachers are creative! That creativity doesn't stop when we're on strike. Lisa Johnson of Campbell River adapted Dr. Seuss' famous story. It's a little long, but definitely worth a read. You can read it by clicking here.


Blogger Josef said...

I know from painful, make that rather painful experience the meaning of Bishop Desmond Tutu's quote.

The good thing is according to late-breaking news, especially from CKNW class-size may be negotiated thru Vince Ready (What will your province do when he retires or passes on?!?!).

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Nollind Whachell said...

Hehe, pretty creative indeed! Now if only she could do cartoons to go for it, I'd bind it and tell it to children at every Xmas time. Hmmm, maybe not. The cartoons with Gordo's face on the Grinch would probably scare all the children. Wouldn't want that! :)

And Josef that is an excellent point about Vince Ready which I suppose only emphasizes the point that a better bargaining method needs to be figured out (which pretty much everyone agrees upon).

8:26 PM  
Blogger Josef said...

nollind w.;

Let's hope one is done next year. I still say the teachers should return to work until then. Force the ball back in the Premier's court until the summer... then strike and strike hard, w/ unequivocal moral authority, if the Premier reneges.

But according to a preliminary CKNW report, the talks between Ready and Smits may have broke down already. That would be sad, pathetic and unacceptable.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Hillary said...


I read on the News 1130 site that the BCTF has come to the table with some concessions, but the government still won't talk.

And as far as striking in the summer, that hardly does any good. Even IF teachers go back now and still nothing is accomplished, you can't strike when no-one's working anyway.

You know, I would love to go back to work now and have a time limit or something to the bargaining. Bagain, and if nothing happens, go back out till something is resolved.

But one of the big things is that teachers want to bargain, have guarantees on these things in a contract. The government wants things like a "Learning ROundtable" and a "Teacher's Congress" which sound all very nice, but neither are binding and so provide no guarantees that anything talked about (and we all know how quickly governments talking turns into action... yeah right)will actually happen.

In a contract, things like learning conditions and salaries are guaranteed.

Not that this govenment respects negotiated contracts anyways.

More on the "Learning Roundtable" and the "Teacher's Congress" to come. I need to look into it some more and right now it's waaaay past my bedtime: I have to be on the line at 6:30am. *YAWN!*

12:08 AM  
Blogger Josef said...

Well, the talks broke down :-(.

More coming... later today from the BCTF, from the news media and especially from Vince Ready.

11:13 AM  

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