This blog post has had a few false starts. I’ve tried to frame it cleverly, to make it an amusing read. But know what? There’s nothing amusing about this.
So, here you go: some thoughts on the escalating job action.
1. I hate going on strike.
As in the complete opposite of love. Because you know what I love? Going to work. Teaching. Having kids leave my room knowing more than they did when they entered, becoming better people by expanding their minds. That’s what I love.
2. I will go on strike.
And I’ll be on the lines. And I’ll be part of the union of teachers.
Because the alternative is supporting a government who thinks that they’re above the law. And I refuse to teach that the government can do whatever it wants.
3. We’re re-living history.
According to Socials 8, 9, 10, and 11, workers’ rights used to be stomped on. But they aren’t anymore. We’ve moved on from there. Democracy was established. We formed guilds and unions. Laissez-faire business policies were changed. Worker safety and working conditions improved. Collective bargaining is enshrined in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Only all of these things that were apparently gained throughout history – the very history the provincial curriculum mandates that we teach – aren’t history at all. They’re happening right now. To the people teaching it.
4. This concerns you.
All of you. Even if you never, ever plan on having kids. Because I’m not just fighting for students. I’m fighting for the future of our province. I’m educating your future employees and co-workers. And they’re getting a raw deal. Oh, and guess who gets to keep teaching them once they’re done with formal education? Yep. You.
5. Stop being passive.
Have you been reading some of the shit that the Internet Trolls have been flinging around? It’s disrespectful as hell. It’s insulting. And, honestly? It’s hurtful.
But I refuse to believe that everyone can be so hateful. So indifferent to democracy. So apathetic to the rule of law and the future of BC.
So, have you written a letter? Sent a Tweet? Updated your status? Given a teacher a hug?
No? Get on it. I would love to avoid a walkout.