We all pay for education

It isn’t just our children who will pay the price for this shortsighted agenda

The last two weeks of school passed with teachers and teachers’ aides, standing on picket lines rather than working with kids in classrooms, as they would wish.

I visited the picket lines throughout the constituency to support these passionate and hard working professionals who play such an important role in our children’s lives and in our society.

What struck me in the conversations, is that contrary to Premier Christie Clark’s public accusation that for teachers, “it’s all about the money.” In fact, they are all about the kids. They told me about large classes with too many special needs kids with inadequate support; about buying school supplies or helping pay for field trips out of their own pockets; about volunteering for coaching and other extra-curricular activities.

Teachers feel insulted by a provincial government that has twice been sanctioned by the courts for its illegal attempts to strip class size and composition from their contracts.

Make no mistake, public education is suffering from the cumulative effects of a Liberal government ideology of tax cuts and privatization.

It isn’t just our children who will pay the price for this shortsighted agenda, we all will pay, in the form of lower productivity and incomes, and higher social costs.

Gary Holman

MLA, Saanich North and the Islands

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich Peninsula Alert launches today

Existing subscribers already moved to new system

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Mounties seize 1,500 pot plants in ‘extensive Shawnigan raid

Mounties searched a property in the 4800-block of Goldstream Heights Drive on May 30

Most Read