Education a biz?

The “net-zero” mandate the government gave this legislature really shows what you think public education is: a business.

Dear editor:

The “net-zero” mandate the government gave this legislature really shows what you think public education is: a business.

Only in a business does money in have to equal or be greater than money out.

Really, Christie Clark needs to think of education as more of an investment, which is exactly what it is.

Money that gets used to teach that Grade 1 student his or her alphabet will not be immediately returned.

It will take another eleven years until they graduate, and if that student decides to pursue post-secondary education, it may be another two to eight years before that student becomes a part of the workforce, and that investment begins to be returned.

If the government wants to think of public education as a business, then why not give it the same standards of private education which is, more or less, a business?

This really all comes down to respecting teachers, and the work they do for the community and the province.

You must know some people who were educated in public schools.

Where would they be now if it weren’t for the education given to them by the teachers?

Where would any of us be?

I don’t think I would be pursuing a career in engineering if it weren’t for the help and support of several teachers in high school, and if it weren’t for the love of English that many other teachers put into me,

I doubt I would be pursuing English literature in my spare time. Teachers can help us become the people we aspire to be, but only if they have the resources to do so.

Right now, being in education is a labour of love — the love teachers have of education, and helping others become educated — but it is about time that they are recognized for their efforts.

Anne Simonen

 

Burnaby, B.C.

 

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy Reigns compete in Nanaimo at Island Championships

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity for our youth in Port Hardy”

Derina Harvey Band – Heartfelt, Energetic, Celtic rock comes to Port Hardy

Front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience.

OPINION: Urgent care room will cost lives

“Seniors, of any demographic, are the most vulnerable to the loss of emergency care.”

James Hayward coroner’s inquest rescheduled hours away from where RCMP shooting occured

The family is “a bit disappointed that it’s going to be held in Campbell River”

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read