I am a teacher and I would like to apologize.
I would like to apologize firstly, to all the students who are really looking forward to getting back to school. To you, I say Iâ€™m sorry that you canâ€™t be in school right now. We are trying our best to get you all the support you need. Many of you donâ€™t know that before our contract was ripped up you were entitled to smaller classes and more time with resource teachers and support staff. You had a librarian in the library and a counselor to talk with. You had speech and language help and ESL if needed. I am on strike right now because I know that you need these things to reach your full potential. You canâ€™t strike, so I will do it for you.
Secondly, I would like to apologize to the parents of the students. I am truly sorry that this strike is making things difficult for you and your families. I know that you have to find a place for your children to go for $40 a day and that there are not enough daycare spaces available. I appreciate your support and understanding that we are trying to make things better for your child and future children. We are trying to get a government to put back what the Supreme Court has twice told them they stole from our schools.
I would like to apologize to all the CUPE workers and other support workers that put so much of their time and energy into our schools. I know that you understand and see first hand the state our schools are in. I am sorry that you are facing financial hardship to support us.
Lastly I would like to apologize to Christy Clark and Peter Fassbender. I am sorry that I am making your lives more difficult by requiring you to fund public education properly. It is hard to put money in what could be considered a â€˜non-profitâ€™ organization rather than into ventures that will see a return. I know that you would much prefer privatization because then you could charge for education and begin to make a profit. This, unfortunately, would create a two-tiered education system and again, I am sorry, but I donâ€™t think this benefits the majority of people.
I am sorry that it has come to a full strike that has continued on into September.
There are too many kids in a classroom.
There is not enough support.
There are not enough resources.
This is not ok with me.