Saturday, April 21, 2012

We Care Deeply About Students?

My son has a long time friend who is now a school principal.

Mr. P. is furious.  He should be. And so should you.

He now has to fill in for the teachers at his school who will not coach teams or referee or help with the school play or grad ceremonies.

I am so tired of this almost annual sham of teachers going on strike just as exams, report cards, inter-mural sports and graduations all come to a spring and summer boil.

The BC Teachers' Federation claims a 73% vote in favour of this cheesy carry-on at the expense of children and parents.

I know dozens of teachers who would love to do these volunteer assignments, but are constrained from doing so because of the Fed.

There is a very profound disconnect here.

The teachers and their union no doubt have some legitimate complaints about an equally scurrilous government, but is it really necessary to be so sophomoronic and hurtful to the very people they are charged with helping?


Diverdarren said...

Odd that the word volunteer was dropped off that stat. Teachers voted 73% in favour of withdrawing VOLUNTEER activities.

Is your son's friend, the principal, need to refresh his memory to the definition of volunteer?

I think we are all very lucky that teachers are willing to give freely of their time towards the students. It speaks volumes that teachers are very worthy of better treatment from the BC Liberal government.

Jeff Taylor said...

Teachers really aren't any different from any other unionized public sector employees - they look out for what's in their best interest when it comes to their wages, benefit packages, and guaranteed taxpayer funded pensions for life. This fight is nothing new. I'm 47 and I can clearly remember labour unrest involving teachers and the Govt way back when I was in Jr. High. Why is it that unionized public sector employees always seem to come across like we all owe them something over and above their wages, benefits packages, and guaranteed taxpayer funded pensions for life ?

Evil Eye said...

I am a volunteer coach for a school sport. I coach to ensure there is a team in the sport my son plays. As a volunteer coach, I must sign up players; collect fees; fill out accident reports and pander to about 50% of the little darlings who only play "sport" because they get out of school early on game day.

My sons vice principal is very understanding and has taken much of his time to make sure everything is done right and I am even trusted with a school key (don't tell the principal or the school board).

What I find amusing is that the very same parents who decry the teachers not volunteering to coach sports after a long day at school (our practices time is from 3 to 4:30 and I am amazed at the number of teachers still in their classrooms doing work when our practice is over) to not volunteer to help with the school team.

Out of 30 boys in my son's team, only 5 parents have offered to help with driving the boys to games (a bus costs the program $200 a game!) or help with sign-up or taking photos of games.

So before we denounce teachers as all sorts of evil, everyone should take a long look in the mirror and ask themselves why they are not volunteering for after school sports etc.

I've done my part!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the previous posts. I also as a long time trade union member have sympathy for the teachers fed. They have been legislated into a corner. I am surprised that they havent taken this step some time ago.