To the Editor,
Re: Teachers are adapting, but union isn’t, Opinion, Feb. 5.
Contrary to Tom Fletcher’s assertion that the BCTF are not “adapting,” we are actually leading the way in protecting and enhancing education in our province. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation is actively involved in B.C.’s task force on assessment, the graduation requirements review, and the curriculum redesign teams.
As a union of professionals, we work hard to support teaching and learning. The BCTF has 32 provincial specialist associations – ranging from science, social studies, and art to technology and trades education – that put on exceptional professional development conferences, write reports, and lead important teacher inquiry projects.
Recently, the BCTF has partnered to create a mentoring program for developing and retaining teachers in B.C. We also funded, created, and launched a new online platform called TeachB.C. that enables teachers from across B.C. to share their research and teaching resources.
There are a lot of excellent things happening in B.C. schools and teachers are front and centre making it all happen. However, we cannot forget that any government strategy, initiative, direction, plan, etc., needs funding. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for this government to fund the basics like improving class size and composition. A change in government attitude towards funding is the first adaptation B.C. students need.
Jim IkerBCTF president