Category: education

Some Thoughts on the BC Teachers Strike

August 31st, 2014
I taught in the BC public school system for thirty-sixty years. During that time I and my colleagues experienced three short-lived job actions, during which the schools were shut down while negotiations carried on behind the scenees to get a settlement.… more »

No Deal in Sight

August 30th, 2014
I have never felt confident that BC public teachers could ever sit down and negotiate a deal with the government. While I am aware that it takes two to tangle, it would seem that this latest round of talks only reinforces how far apart both sides have t… more »

Starting A New Course

August 25th, 2014
Yesterday I started a new online course on how to effectively argue offered by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, an avowed atheist. So why would a devout Christian want to learn under a scholar who denies the existence of God? The answer is simple: after readin… more »

Settling the Teachers' Strike

August 20th, 2014
Ken Georgetti, former head of the Canadian Federation of Labor, recently said that premier negotiator Vince Ready was no easy mark when it came to being the stooge for someone else's crazy plans for a settlement. His nose for success is so strong that i… more »

Knowing Who You Are

July 9th, 2014
I am in the process of finishing off Ken Robinson's "Finding Your Element". This very impressive self-help guide to recognizing and developing one's God-given talents in pursuit of helping to make a difference in the world at large. Robinson, a prominen… more »

Ken Robinson's "Out of Our Minds" - A Guide to Affirming One's Creativity

July 7th, 2014
Ken Robinson, ever the consummate promoter of educational innovation and creativity in the modern times, challenges us to rethink our view of what it means to think outside the box. He describes a world where corporate, political and institutional agend… more »

Public Education in a Jam!

June 24th, 2014
For some of us oldtimers in the business of public education, there is something ominously different about this teachers' strike as opposed to the numerous others that have proceeded it. It seems that the Liberal government in Victoria holds all the car… more »

Preparing for an Exam!

June 24th, 2014
This past week I settled into studying for a two-hour exam on the finer points of the European Union. While not a great fan of this organization, I have apprised myself of some of its current features and functions in order to understand where it might… more »

Being Content in All Things

June 12th, 2014
Don't fool yourself with that old adage that says with age comes a loss in edge. I am just as competitive today as I was ten years ago which begs the proverbial question as to when I might settle down. I like reading widely, studying intently, playing p… more »

Hitting the Bricks Next Monday!

June 12th, 2014
As I retired teacher I still have an ounce or two of compassion for my former profession when it comes to trying to negotiate a contract with the government and the employer's association. What it amounts to is a feeling of genuine concern for former co… more »
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