Teachers stand up for quality education

I am pleased to note the public has been less abusive of the public education system via Viewpoints in this round of contract negotiations.

Editor:

I am pleased to note the public has been less abusive of the public education system via Viewpoints in this round of contract negotiations.

Perhaps, given the arrogance of our politicians in regards to the withdrawal of the HST, people are realizing the dishonesty and contempt many politicians show toward the electorate.

A healthy public education system is an absolute must. Not everyone can afford the private school Christy Clark’s child attends.

When Clark was education minister under Gordon Campbell, a consistent attack on schools and teachers began.

We are misinformed and deluded by politicians who would prefer everyone to use a user-pay system in health and education.

In medieval times, only those who could afford to pay were entitled to a formal education.

That meant it was available only to the rich. Public schools are underfunded while the user-pay private schools receive provincial funding.

When the  ministry says it has put dollars into education we need to ask which system, since we are now funding both.

The Fraser institute gets big bucks to further the agenda. I say its results make the case for class size and composition, which is always an issue at bargaining time. Are they afraid that, given equal opportunity, some public school children might surpass their child’s achievement?

Support the teachers.

They are standing up for your child’s right to a quality education regardless of the size of your income.

Barb Simser

Tatla Lake