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“My wife is a lazy-liar” post.

As we near the end of this K-11 school year, as a Commissioner, I would send out a special thanks along with this tidbit of humour.

I first saw this post on a friend’s FB timeline – she is a teacher and she posted it on her husband’s timeline. I found it to be very funny, but so much I know resonates.  My own wife has returned to early childhood education, and I get to say things at 9pm in the late evening like, “Oh – you’re cutting out walruses – it’s ‘W’ week already?  It seems like only yesterday we were cutting out butterflies!”

It’s a fun read, and it’s also a real glimpse into the reality of today’s teachers. They really do all of those ‘crazy’ things in there.

http://smithdeville.com/2014/06/06/my-wife-is-a-lazy-liar/

THANK YOU, and enjoy the next 3 months that you have off.  Or maybe just the same time-off that most people enjoy – teachers are in school long after the kids are off and they’re back long before they arrive. And teachers, by nature, will likely spend some summertime ‘leisure time’ reading books and papers that boils down to professional development.

Thank you,

Truly,

Steve

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If we want the best, shouldn’t we at least try and offer the best?

“Interviewing departing teachers more purposefully would help us get a better understanding of why teachers are leaving the field in such high numbers. If we truly want to retain our teachers, we will need to offer not only higher salaries and other perks, but also improved working conditions.”

Read more in The Gazette

How much do we spend to graduate a teacher? And this, so that we can lose 40% of them before they have been on the job for five years?  Where is this society’s priority?

The first thing we really do need to know is exactly what Ms. Melnyk suggest we find out – why are they leaving?  We may think we know, but thorough exit interviews that have a common baseline will give us the real answers.

Some of the answers are likely money. Some are likely frustration with a system that is not changing at the rate society is changing.  Some no doubt relate to the frustrations from the perceived “low social status”.

If we as a society really care about education, we as a society need to value those people who teach our children.  Teaching has to become as sought after a career as it is in a Finland, or a Singapore.  We need to value it, we need to pay for it – society will reap the rewards for the investment.

What we’re doing right now is not working.  It’s about time we face that.

Truly,

Steve

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A BC teacher tells it like it is.

A lengthy post, straight from the heart. It makes you wonder why anybody chooses to go into teaching anymore.

https://cherylangst.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/teaching-in-bc-3/

And it makes me thankful that so many do.

It’s interesting to get some insight into what is going on in BC. Unfortunately, I perceive many of these very same problems here in Quebec.

Until we start listening to the teachers, we won’t understand. Until we start valuing the teaching profession, we won’t even begin to fix it. And only when education is recognized as an investment in the core of our economic future, we won’t see significant change.

Teachers matter. And when they have to cry out the way this one in BC is doing, well, we are failing.

Truly,

Steve

 

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What teachers really want to tell parents – A CNN story

As a parent, I felt a little defensive a couple of times while reading this.  At the same time, I have to agree with 99% of what it says.

We have loads of extremely competent teachers.  We have a great number of exceptional teachers. And we have some who could perhaps do better in another profession. In the context of the first two groups, I am 100% on board with the crux of this article. In the context of the few teachers who may be in the wrong profession? It really cannot apply.

Read the article here.

Truly,

Steve

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