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OPINION: Classroom inclusion is ill-conceived; no wonder teachers are stressed

OPINION: Classroom inclusion is ill-conceived; no wonder teachers are stressed

Instead of providing well-designed whole class lessons, teachers waste hours trying to adapt to the learning styles of each student. As a result, teachers end up working harder, getting worse results and burning themselves out.
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: Sticking to Trudeau-nomics will be ruinous in wake of Trump-quake

OPINION: Sticking to Trudeau-nomics will be ruinous in wake of Trump-quake

Trump wants more fracking, a key contributor to jobs in some of the country's poorest states. Meanwhile, the Canadian federal government continues to hand some $18 billion per year in equalization payments to the four so-called 'have not' provinces that have banned fracking ... Equalization payments to the four frack-shunning provinces will start a precipitous drop at the same time as Trump-quake takes its toll on Canada's economy.
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.
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: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

OPINION: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

The Nova Scotia education system is in crisis. My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to keep it running, but we are exhausted and Premier McNeil's legislation might just be what breaks us ... Two months of work-to-rule have not harmed students and teachers as much as 20 years of government neglect.
OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

'We think that spending $169.50 per student over two years shows just how committed we are to making schools great again. I mean, $169.50 could pay one lunch monitor to supervise students for 16 days. It might even buy two new textbooks. But I digress. It’s a huge investment, massive even. Students and teachers should be thrilled we gave them anything.'
OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

The market for teachers is anything but competitive. Rather, it is a classic example of a monopsony — a labour market with a single employer (in this case, the province). Facing no competition, monopsonies can drive their employees’ wages considerably below their productive value. What protects workers from this? Collective bargaining.
OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

In one of the boldest acts of civil disobedience in the province’s history, Nova Scotia’s teachers, a most unlikely group, voted last week for the third time to reject the government’s public-sector bargaining agenda.