Response to letter by David Pasivirta regarding student funding

Letter to the editor

Back in my high school days, class size was not an issue. Our school day was from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

If some of us had problems with some course subjects, the teacher would make time after 3:30 pm to 5 pm and take time to explain the topics further. On assignments that required information that had to be obtained from further sources than just the textbooks, we used the school library and the city public library. We could use the library after 3:30 pm for our use, even though school classes were finished for the day. I used the school library many times after 3:30 pm and sometimes left the school at 6:30 pm.

In those days, when leaving the building, some of the school teachers were still in the building. There were no lieu days like today. The only days off from school were the regular statutory holidays, Christmas break, and there was no such thing as spring break.

Since then, teachers have been given inches in their working conditions but in reality have taken a mile. Example: how come some male teachers have quit wearing a suit with a shirt and tie? All private school teachers do wear the proper dress code. You teachers have created your own problems because of listening and believing everything that is said by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. The provincial government is not to blame, but the blame belongs to the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan, B.C.