Dancing In The Dark – BC Edition

In Karl Ove Knausguaard’s fourth volume of his My Struggle series he secures a job as a teacher in northern Norway.  He is eighteen years old and has no post-high school education.  This is not an aberration for the school as the students are cognizant enough to blame their ignorance upon being taught year-after-year by unqualified and inexperienced teachers.

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Take The Sports Out Of BC Schools

British Columbia’s schools are facing a new curriculum, but the same old problems remain and will remain.  The perennial complaint about schools being underfunded and teachers underpaid will be present no matter the reform. Even if these problems were to be solved tomorrow, the cultural problem o who is attracted to teaching will remain.  Specifically, the problem of the sort of male who aspires to teach and lead in schools will remain unquestioned.  The majority of men who teach in British Columbia’s schools, at least from my experience, are enamoured with athletics, at the expense of academics. Continue reading

Increasing British Columbia’s Freedom Of Choice in Education By Starving The Public System

We know that British Columbia’s Liberal party has no affiliation with the federal Liberal party, or any other provincial Liberal party.  They are a collection of right wingers determined to keep the power-hungry left-of-centre party (the NDP) out of power.

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Barsby Athletes Get Away With Assault: Should We Be Surprised?

You hear it whenever they rape or attack someone: These are just a few bad apples.  Earlier this month in Nanaimo three grade 12 football players at John Barsby school attacked a grade 9 student to the point of unconsciousness.  Rumour has it they were not expelled, but were given, as is always the case with these entitled student athletes, a slap on the wrist.  I believe that these three students are not just bad apples, but are actually products of a school sports system that creates a culture of entitlement and privilege that places some students above not only other students, but also many of the adults in the school.  These adults end up overlooking transgressions committed by athletes and actively facilitate further transgressions.

To get a better idea of just how deep this two-tiered culture runs I am going to look at a few stories that have been in the news recently that deal with acts of rape and assault committed by elite collegiate athletes and how the athletic culture creates a system where authorities purposefully overlook these transgressions..  Critics will argue my examples are all taken from American post-secondary institutions, but to that I say all the better as this is the culmination of the disgusting sports culture.  The ultimate stick dangled in front of students who play sports in high school: Life will be good for you here, but you will be a king if you ever get to the NCAA.

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Participating in gang rape is just “a bad choice”

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The Illusory Nature of Funding Cuts To BC Education

Rob Shaw and Tracy Sherlock in the Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that the BC government has found $2.7 million dollars to keep nine rural and remote schools slated for closure due to budget cuts open, at least for one more year.  The story is useful because it does give a provincial platform to members on some of these school boards (poor saps) to  ask a few important questions.  Unfortunately, Sherlock and Shaw forgot, or were unable, to get a governmental response to these questions.

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What Are British Columbia’s Independent And Private Schools Selling?

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We pay 35% of their tuition

Renee Bernard wrote a piece for News 1130 on May 20 titled “Head of BC’S independent schools responds to demand to cut private school funding”.

In that piece Dr. Peter Froese, the head of British Columbia’s Federation of Independent Schools Association, states that class sizes in most independent schools are not smaller; that class composition in 80% of independent schools is “similar” to class composition in public schools; and that if funding to independent schools was cut off, most independent schools would not survive and the public system would be overwhelmed. Continue reading