Which side are you on?
What drives me around the bend about the Principals and Vice Principals Association as well as the BC School Trustees Association is that the best they can do is to plead for both sides to sit down and come to a negotiated settlement. Well duh! This is not a position at all. Of course everyone wants the issues to be settled!
To play the role of disappointed parent and say, “You two sit down and figure this thing out,” is patronizing and unhelpful. These statements are attempts to satisfy the organizations’ requirement to weigh in, without actually taking a position. They’re really quite insulting to teachers, who are committed enough to the issues to go without pay. The issues are very real, and very important. This is not a childish game.
Do these organizations support the teachers’ position on class composition or the government’s? What is their position on non-enrolling teachers such as counsellors and librarians? Can they illuminate the compensation issues? What model would they like to see for professional development or teacher prep time. How about scheduling of classes?
By their silence, shall I perceive that they are happy with the government’s illegal contract stripping legislation? Or are they just trying to avoid the label of “militant” or “greedy” that has been applied to the union? They want to be the nice guys in all of this rather than try to improve the system. This is not leadership.