Are kids being put first?

RE: Your very thoughtful editorial of Thursday, March 8.

RE: Your very thoughtful editorial of Thursday, March 8.

 

The dispute between the BCTF and the province is nothing new. When our children were preparing for their provincial exams back in the early nineties, their teachers went on strike for several weeks. In the first case, parents pooled their resources, hired a tutor, and used the Elkford ski lodge as a classroom. Two years later, volunteers from the community offered their expertise while parents supervised classrooms at the local golf clubhouse. These experiences taught both parents and students to be self-reliant and that there are always alternative solutions.

Todays’ parents have even more resources including a local private academy and online services. Parents really are the ones responsible for their children’s education.

In the ensuing years, I have noticed that in putting “kids first“ the BCTF has gained more for its members. They no longer coach school teams or conduct parent- teacher interviews after school hours. There are fewer instructional days (187 minus 3 so far this year.) With  “work to rule “ they do not take attendance or do report cards.

There are some wonderfully effective teachers in public schools and I would favour a system that would reward them. However the BCTF will not consider a merit pay system common among most professions. In my opinion, that encourages mediocrity.

Our MLA Bill Bennett says that the cost to BC taxpayers for the current BCTF demands is $2 billion dollars. According to a Fraser Institute report, in addition to a 15 per cent pay raise, these demands include:

26 weeks (half a year paid leave to care for someone (does not have to be a relative); 2 weeks paid leave upon the death of a friend; 2 sick days a month that can be saved up; and a year’s pay as a “ bonus” upon retiring.

Should the province give in to these demands, and I trust it will not, every other public sector union will line up for the same. I doubt that BC taxpayers want to be in the same bankrupt boat as Ontario.

 

 

Glenda Komenac

Elkford

Just Posted

Extensive vandalism closes Fernie Aquatic Centre

Windows broken, bike jumps flipped, dirt jumps damaged

Fernie Half Marathon sprints into greatness

The Fernie Half Marathon, 3-Runner Relay and 10k kicked off under blue… Continue reading

Vehicle incident temporarily closes Hwy 3 east of Sparwood

This afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., DriveBC reported that Highway 3 was… Continue reading

Man caught throwing away election signs in Fernie, ordered to put them back

Man told RCMP he had ‘no faith in government’

Climate change, worker shortages, more addressed at Sparwood election forum

The Sparwood all-candidates forum was thought provoking and challenged candidates to dig… Continue reading

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read