My colleague at work just said it best - "Way to kill all of the passion [of being a teacher in BC]!" My colleagues and I find that the best time of learning and improvement of our teaching practice is when we collaborate with other colleagues and share our best practices! These are organic experiences; they aren't prescribed or dictated by anyone.
And @BCLiberals- how is this going to improve #bced
ucation ? You've already cut spending to education already! By cutting the budget you put a strangle on support - especially for those students who are in poverty or near poverty. This is not just my opinion however:http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Daphne+Bramham+Hungry+kids+enough+classrooms+only/10920112/story.html
After reading this article on the Skytrain this morning, and then hearing about this new legislation just introduced into the BC Legislature this morning, the BC Liberal Government are again CHANGING the rules of their game to suit themselves. They want to kill BC Education by a death of a thousand cuts. They want to make public education here in BC so impoverished, so bad that the only choice for parents is to go to a private school of some sort. They've been cutting funding to public schools all the while increasing spending to private schools!
Along with the government wanting to take over "professional standards" of teachers in BC, they want to take control over the various school boards and districts. Their first step into this is by forcing districts into shared service agreements - all in the name of financial savings - but ultimately to remove control from the district level to a centralized government control level.
Lastly, the government took the opportunity to inform the teacher's union last night - the night before this legislature was being introduced into the legislature. Gee! Isn't that nice of them! Definitely a tactical move.
Unfortunately, the BC Liberals have a HUGE majority in the Legislature - they're a majority government and can steamroll whatever they want through. They've done it MANY TIMES in the past and will continue to do so with this bill.
TL;DR - The @BCLiberals have again pissed off teachers in BC.