Teachers have been misrepresented

I can honestly say the tactics and strategy currently being undertaken by the powers that be are underhanded to say the least.

Dear Editor:

I have contemplated whether or not to comment on the job action that is being executed by the B.C. Teachers Federation through striking.

I was involved on more than one occasion in this practice as a last resort standing against government restraint.

And I know full well I will be damned by my ex-comrades for my input.

As a former School District 67 employee I feel I am living a fairly comfortable retirement, thanks to the many hardships and negotiations we endured through the 70s and 80s, I can honestly say the tactics and strategy currently being undertaken by the powers that be are underhanded to say the least. Teachers have always had the short end of the stick as far as being misrepresented in the public eye, as working eight hours a day, and just nine months out the year.

As a former custodian I have to beg to differ and set the record straight regarding that misconception. Teachers are so dedicated as to label them habitual workaholics.

In the 28 years of my job experience, whether waxing floors, refurbishing gym floors, shampooing carpets, etc., there was no way of deterring the teachers from their workplace.

Some of them were obsessed with class preparation and last minute details.

So for all those frustrated parents whose so-called baby-sitters are on strike, don’t be so selfish.

Is it that long ago you had that extra half hour with your teacher because you were hung up on a subject or problem?

How soon we forget.

Andy Homan



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