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COMMENTARY: Teachers' revolt should change tacks, emulate resistance movements

COMMENTARY: Teachers' revolt should change tacks, emulate resistance movements

The NSTU leadership must surely now see that its strategy, if ever there was a strategy, did not and does not work and will lead to enormous contributions away from the classrooms and to the coffers of law firms. Teachers should now force their leadership to learn and embrace the strategies of Idle No More or Black Lives Matter if we want to make serious and democratic change that will positively affect the lives of those in the classrooms of this province.
OPINION: McNeil should backtrack now; pour money into classroom, not court battle

OPINION: McNeil should backtrack now; pour money into classroom, not court battle

Instead of risking a costly court challenge to Bill 75, Premier Stephen McNeil should listen to teachers, students and parents and use collective bargaining to create a better education system.
OPINION: Nova Scotia's rulers overrule the people again at their peril

OPINION: Nova Scotia's rulers overrule the people again at their peril

In two years, the government will find itself back across the table from public school teachers who have learned how to fight on every front, from legal action to social action ... The Liberals believe this is the end of a momentary interruption. They will discover very quickly that they have unleashed something very different, and no amount of press releases or promises of committees or pat, inane talking points will make it stop.
OPINION: 'Back to normal' is not acceptable and neither is dismissing democracy

OPINION: 'Back to normal' is not acceptable and neither is dismissing democracy

Several Liberal MLAs added insult to injury during these emotional presentations at the law amendments committee when, instead of listening attentively to their constituents, they played on their cellphones, spoke to their colleagues, walked out midway through people's presentations and used presenters' time to sermonize rather than ask questions, as is the protocol.
OPINION: Teachers marched for the sake of students and all citizens

OPINION: Teachers marched for the sake of students and all citizens

I have witnessed my pregnant wife continue to risk her safety, and that of our unborn child, to assist certain students with special needs — even while they throw chairs in frustration — because it breaks her heart to see them not get the support they need. She’s frustrated, too.
COMMENTARY: We've created a new species of student and caused the breakdown of the education ecosystem

COMMENTARY: We've created a new species of student and caused the breakdown of the education ecosystem

Education in Nova Scotia has reached its carrying capacity; the system is no longer sustainable and the problems are spilling out of the barrel and into the public. Teachers have spent many years trying to keep the water in the barrel. We have patched holes when the barrel has sprung leaks, but despite our best efforts, the barrel is overflowing.
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?