Teachers vs. Government in British Columbia – Really, is this the best we can do?

Once again in British Columbia Canada, the teachers are holding a series of rotating walkouts and the only ones being harmed by this are the students.  Once again the rhetoric is flying fast and furious from both sides, each accusing the other of creating the conditions where the teachers were left with “no choice” but to walk off the job.  Quite frankly this is complete and utter bullshit and both government and teachers should take a step back and look at what they are doing to the future generation.  Of course the teachers had a choice, and they chose to once again sacrifice the students best interests for their own.  Yes, people will say that they are trying to make it better for the future, but what about the impacts on students today.  And lets not forget the government in all of this.  Their chosen adversarial stance against the teachers union provides a wonderful backdrop for the union to take a stand against the evil politicians.  Lest we all forget, this is the government elected by popular vote by the citizens of this province.  So lets now all provide the current generation a strong lesson, or in this case a series of lessons where they learn that in order to get their way, they essentially throw down their toys and sulk.  This is the adult equivalent of a 2 year old’s tantrum in the middle of a supermarket!

Yes, I am using provocative language because I believe the only way to get through to both sides is to create a context where they can see that what they are doing is of absolutely no value whatsoever.  If the teachers union and the government had the best interests of the students in mind, as both claim they do, then go back to work, with no conditions, and bring in an independent arbiter, whose decision is final, to close the issue.  The union will not get all they demand, the government may end up paying more than they want.  Tough shit, that’s called negotiation.  If either side then takes further action, sanctions should be imposed and fines levied, on both union and government.

Enough is enough.  It’s time to create lasting peace, a sustainable solution, between government and teachers, and if it has to supported by sanctions and fines, so be it, whatever it takes.  This issue has been going for all to many years, and we need to fix it once and for all so once again…..

Seriously fellow British Columbian’s, is this the best we can do?


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