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
I spent much of the past week with an old friend from back home. He and I have taken different paths since we left high school, but we share the bond of two people who grew up together in a small town. We can still have fun like we did when we were 18 and I can connect with him on a barrier-free level that I am unwilling to even attempt with people I meet now. This openness made for some insightful political discussions.
Let me be clear here, when I say my friend and I have taken different paths since high school, I am talking about stark differences. My friend left school in the late 90s and has never sat in a classroom (save one-day courses required to be ticketed for his field) since then. His line of work, oil, has allowed him to earn a substantial salary with no post-secondary education. Continue reading
(A warning this is more of a sunstroke-induced incoherent rant, but nobody really reads this anyhow, so I can write what I want.)
So yesterday we loaded up the SUV and went to Hornby Island for the day, I should have waited until September.
The island itself was absolutely gorgeous, as always, but the people on the island this time of year made it difficult to enjoy. One way to know why it was so difficult to be within the presence of these individuals was to overhear their conversations at the co-op and at the beach. Continue reading
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.
Lately though, I have been asking myself if the BC Liberals stand for anything else? Continue reading
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.
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.
John Gibbs wrote a five point rundown in the Federalist describing why Donald Trump’s response to the Orlando mass shooting was, all in all, a good thing. Trying to understand how a man who holds a master in public administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government was so blind to the logical holes in Trump’s position makes me fear for the quality of even the best post-secondary education. Providing the proper analysis of Trump’s (and by extension Gibbs’) failure to utilize their critical faculties shouldn’t take long, but it is hoped the reader has some basic level of historical knowledge surrounding Afghan-US relations in the last forty years.
The Gipper and some member of the Mujahideen circa 1985