Letter: Bill 22 bad for B.C. education

The court ruling against teachers was a dark day for unionism, our children, and our future as a society…

Dear Editor,

The court ruling against teachers was a dark day for unionism, our children, and our future as a society; we can’t be supported by an uneducated, unemployable next generation.

The Liberals’ Bill 22 is the culprit of today’s legal battles.

It set a precedent. Previously negotiated language was struck out by the stroke of a pen.

A generation of children have graduated from a system that has been and continues to be underfunded, held together by dedicated, all too often stressed out professionals.

Class size and composition is what protects teaching and learning conditions. Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed.

Can we put one nurse in charge of 20 patients and expect good care?

There must be class limits in order to teach all children well. It is a disservice to a special needs child when a teacher is unable to carry out an individual education plan.

Those vulnerable children require specialized programs in order to succeed. It is an irrational requirement that a teacher come up with seven different programs. If we want excellence, teachers must be able to carry out those IEPs.

If we don’t limit the number of special needs students in a class, there isn’t enough physical space for all their educational assistants.

Now, children do not get the hours of support they are entitled, as one educational assistant is often shared.

Many parents of special needs children have had enough and as a group, they are also getting ready to legally fight the Liberals in the courts for proper education of their children.

It is undemocratic for governments to renege on collective agreements.

It’s vital for teachers to fight this at the Supreme Court of Canada.

I believe there is whole hearted support from all parents and for that matter teachers and workers across Canada.

Niovi Patsicakis, retired Special Ed teacher, Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

Langley girl raises $1,685 for BC Children’s Hospital

Aubrielle Bibeau was able to purchase and donate 337 toys to BC Children’s Hospital.

Painful Truth: Fellow citizens in Langley need our support

The supportive housing plan is one piece in building people back up.

An 800-pound pig needs a forever home, Langley animal shelter says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Girl, 6, lured from elementary school, sexually assaulted: Vancouver police

Police are seeking dashcam footage from nearby Sexsmith Elementary School in South Vancouver

VIDEO: Langley restaurant caters to deaf people

Dal’s Poke offers trendy cuisine with sign language

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter show heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Torched-SUV victim ‘had the purest heart,’ says sister

Family of teen found in burned SUV in Surrey appeals for justice

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read