Don’t take your anger out on teachers

Methinks Mr. Descoteau should vent his spleen on the provincial government.

Re: Teachers leaving parents in the dark, Don Descoteau, Nov. 4, 2011

Don Descoteau complains about the lack of communication between the teachers of his children and their parents.

Methinks Mr. Descoteau should vent his spleen on the provincial government, which has ruthlessly slashed spending on public education over the last decade by illegally shredding the teachers’ legal contract, stripping $275 million a year from educational finance, while increasing the already generous subsidies to private schools.

Moreover, they should be aware those hard working teachers are now some of the lowest paid in the country. All teachers ask is that they be paid a Canadian average salary. How terrible is that?

As teachers are laughably labeled an “essential service,” as are those dealing with life and death situations, they are able to take only minimal job action. And the action they have taken is deemed legal by the Labour Relations Board.

Bert Slater

North Saanich

 

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