I finally know for certain what is most important to BCPSEA and this government when it comes to the education of students.
I am the first one to support extra curricular. I believe in these activities. I have participated in many both as a student and as a teacher. They have been a source of joy and personal growth. However, I am saddened to hear that our government places more importance on them than on the education of students. According to the 2nd letter from BCPSEA, I can choose to run an extra curricular activity on school property when I am locked out but I can't do homework, mark, contact parents, plan lessons, work on IEPs or participate in Professional Development Activities on or off of school property.
I now see in black and white that it is more important for this government that teachers participate in activities which the public can view than to put in the five hours a night after school that many teachers do in order to prepare for the next day which is done in classrooms after school or at home between preparing meals, taking care of children, tending to elderly parents, taking courses, volunteering in my community, trying to have some "me" time, staying physically and emotionally fit so that I can do my job etc... let alone being a union activist.
I hope that parents and the public truly realize what this second lockout letter is saying about their child's education. I put in long hours before and after the bell because I am dedicated to my students and the profession that I have loved for the past 34 years.
I realize that the government is using this as a tactic to divide teachers. My suggestion... colleagues, join your hands tighter together and march on. We deserve better and so do the students of British Columbia.