Letters: Open letter to colleagues

Sooke teacher wants other teachers to put pressure on principals

I want to thank you in advance for giving some time to reading this letter.  I appreciate it very much, at this busy time for you all.

I wanted to start by acknowledging the way I said “Hello Colleagues.”  Most, if not all of you, have come through your own various classroom experiences to get to where you are today.  Through the 20 plus years I have worked with, actively listened to and agreed with, challenged opinions from, shared social times with and become exceptionally good friends with a lot of you, now is the time the Sooke teachers, your colleagues, need your vocal and written support. The coffee and doughnuts are appreciated. Your voice is essential now.

Not only that but now is the time that you put pressure on your principal and vice principals colleagues around the province, in their districts, and at your executive level to stand up against Premier Clark, Mr. Fassbender and the BC Liberals.

The attack is on all of us.  The attack is coming from this government in the way they are decimating quality education in our schools.  They have cut and cut, down to the bone.  Now the Government wants the bone back to scrape out all the marrow.  We cannot afford to lose.

At Monday’s rally at the Legislature, it was sad to hear but encouraging to see teachers, parents, local presidents and trustees from the three large districts, the Education Critic and the Opposition Leader all speaking on the history of this gutting of education in the districts neighbouring Sooke and on the islands.  We heard these people talk of how all the groups were effected.

Sadly, there was no representation from the principals and vice principals on that stage.  It matters not to me whether I didn’t see you on the lawn or whether you asked or not to speak.  What matters now is your voice.  I encourage all of you to contact your colleagues around the district and around the province.  I encourage all of you to contact the Premier, Mr. Fassbender, BCPSEA, your MLA, the newspapers in our community, our superintendents, our trustees. I encourage all of you to stand up, taller than ever before, for students in our schools.

Now more than ever.

Ed Berlando

Teacher

Sooke

 

Just Posted

MISSING: Victoria police seek 42-year-old Craig Hughes

Hughes was last seen on May 20 at 5:45 a.m.

Some showers, high of 18 C for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekly forecast

Peninsula crews extinguish early morning boat fire in Central Saanich

Firefighters saved nearby home from further damage

Bay Street Bridge construction begins today

Point Ellice Bridge will be closed to eastbound vehicle traffic until October

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Federal government funds millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

Many police departments have expressed wariness about using the only government-approved roadside test

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban ‘smacks of defiance’

The new law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Cooks, meal planners desperately required

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Most Read