I am the grandparent of children in the B.C. public school system. Both of my children went to school in B.C..
I was chair or co-chair of Parent Advisory Council’s (PAC) at my children’s schools for many years.
I was District Parent Advisory Council chairman for School District 5 for many years.
By my estimation, the parents would be able to get behind the teachers and put an end to this stale-mate, if being able to fire incompetent teachers was put back in the contract. It is incomprehensible to me that, in this most important job of teaching our children, there is no mechanism to get rid of a bad teacher.
I support teachers, I think there are many awesome teachers out there. I do not support the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF), only because this union has gotten so strong that it is impossible to fire someone for doing a bad job.
Put this back on the table, parents will get behind teachers and this strike will be over.