Letters

Letter from a parent

At NWSS students are required to bring a note if they are away from school. This is the letter one New West parent wrote to explain his absence.

To Fraser Barton’s teachers:

I am writing regarding my son Fraser Barton’s absence from school yesterday (June 4).

After discussing it with us, Fraser decided to take part in the student protest yesterday. He did so after giving it a lot of thought, reading about the issue in several newspapers and on social media, and with the permission and consent of us, his parents.

Fraser has benefitted greatly from the work teachers do, no one is arguing that. But his education has been littered with labour disruption and he, like many students, is sick of it.

His protest was directed at neither the teachers nor the government, but rather it was directed at the seeming inability of both sides to reach a compromise. As Fraser puts it, teachers are always telling us we need to learn to compromise. I would add that if neither side is willing to, what kind of a message is that sending to the kids?

As you know, Fraser is a rule follower by nature. As such, this brush with civil disobedience has been very difficult for him. But he stood up for something he believed in, that BOTH sides need to negotiate, be willing to compromise, and find a path down the middle.

We are proud of him for that, and we, his parents, excuse his absence from school yesterday.

Yours truly,

Margot Barton

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Report ranks high spenders among Metro Vancouver cities
 
Gypsy moth infestation discovered in Cloverdale
 
Election 2014: Surrey school trustee candidates unite
Delta man facing 16 charges over crime rampage
 
ER waits at Langley Memorial Hospital beat the average
 
UPDATE: Two Surrey RCMP officers hit by SUV released from hospital
28th annual Toy Run roars through Fraser Valley
 
Corn shuckers show up en masse to break record in Chilliwack
 
Four arrested in Langley City home invasion