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Our take: Teacher’s dispute will get worse before it gets better
You knew it was coming. The signs have been clear ever since the court ruled in favour of the teachers last year in a battle reaching all the way back to legislation passed in 2002.
Armageddon is inevitable in the world of B.C. public education.
You can delve deep into the platform of either side. You can diligently study the rhetoric.
But all you really need to know is the provincial government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation have radically different views of how our public education system should be run.
And this is less about creating a fair contract and more about a pitched battle for control of how our children are taught.
We fully expect this to escalate with increased rotating strike action and frustrations continuing to rise. We expect it to come to roost in September with a full-scale strike or lockout. And, when it finally ends, we expect the kids to return to classrooms led by a demoralized and angry group of educators.
Get ready. It’s coming.