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OPINION: Note to teachers: 'Some of you are being bullies. Not all.'

OPINION: Note to teachers: 'Some of you are being bullies. Not all.'

The current teacher labour strife is polarizing, but that doesn't mean dispassionate or discordant voices should be quashed. Has the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election taught us nothing? People are afraid to ask a question or voice any sort of opinion other than 'I stand with teachers' for fear of being ostracized, bullied, called a 'troll' or 'stupid' or 'uneducated' — by teachers!
OPINION: MLAs must justify their actions to constituents on teacher bill

OPINION: MLAs must justify their actions to constituents on teacher bill

I am calling on all MLAs to report their data to the public. No need for charts and graphs; a simple tally will do. For each MLA, please indicate: how many points of contact did you have from your constituents requesting that you support Bill 75? And how many points of contact did you have from your constituents requesting that you challenge Bill 75?
OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

Instead of trying to find solutions to help teachers better meet the needs of their students, the government has decided to make a teacher’s job even harder. And it plans to measure just how poorly teachers will try to do the impossible, while Nova Scotia’s education system continues to limp along.
Let teachers strike; get subs to fill their shoes

Let teachers strike; get subs to fill their shoes

It appears as though the necessary outrage from the teachers at the deterioration of the education system has come, coincidentally, at the same time as their outrage over the state of their remuneration. The taxpayers need to take note that there was little mention of classroom issues when the majority NDP government came to the table with a very generous remuneration package.
Disabled people need a seat at the inclusion-review table

Disabled people need a seat at the inclusion-review table

The slogan of the disability rights movement has long been Nothing About Us Without Us. Nowhere does this hold more true than in Nova Scotia today on the critical issue of inclusive education. If this inclusive education commission is to have the slightest ounce of credibility, the third independent member must be a person with a disability.
OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

According to the fairy tale, the princess was so sensitive that she could feel a pea under her mattress. If you want to hide a pea, you need to bury it under 20 mattresses, not just one — and that's how teachers feel about the assessment results. The results we receive have virtually no instructional value.
OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

'I am asking you to participate in one of three rallies organized by Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers with all of your friends. Invite them to join us on Sunday to protest against the attacks on our teachers and our public service workers,' writes Trish Keeping of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers.
Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

I am voting No because the same mantra — 'this is the best we could do' due to the government's threats of proclaiming Bill 148 and/or imposing Bill 75 — is not a valid enough reason for teachers to abandon our passion for change.
Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

The increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the few is not a natural phenomenon; it is made possible by public policies that prioritize wealth over work and the few over the many.
Work to rule over, but we're not back to normal

Work to rule over, but we're not back to normal

The implications of the NSTU's upcoming ratification vote are bigger than ever. Not only is it the union executive's third kick at the can, I think we all know it is certain to set the template for the other 65,000 public employees who still have the threat of legislation hanging over their heads.