Hello dear friends. Today’s card has a little more meaning than usual this first Tuesday of September here in British Columbia. More on this in a bit. I had too much anxious time on my hands yesterday so I was in the studio trying to distract myself. The PTI Make It Monday challenge showed us how to make a sweet little easel teacher card. How appropriate! I’ve used my most favourite Verve Teachers Count set to make this adorable chalkboard complete with apples and an extra banner of appreciation. Now I only need to make about 44,000 more of these for all the teachers who will be on picket lines today instead of greeting their kids back in class.
It’s hard to write this without crying. I’ve always been in my classroom with a few butterflies as I greet my kids back after Labour Day and a long lazy summer. I’ve always been in my classroom the week before today setting everything up to welcome my kids with smiles and hugs. But not today. Today I am on a picket line standing up for our provincial public education system. Today I continue to lose wages in protest of our government’s educational underfunding and refusal to abide by two court rulings that state they must return class size and class composition to our collective agreement. I continue to be kept from the job that I love and have put my heart and soul into for 22 years. But according to the government and the few supporters they have left, I am just a greedy, lazy, overpaid teacher who works 6 hours a day and gets 3 months of holidays. I am just a sucker who should be happy she has a job and put up with less and less services for our children. Yes, this is what’s happening in BC right now. It’s sad and depressing and embarrassing and shameful.
Okay, that’s all I can say. I always try to be upbeat and happy on the blog, I’m sorry, but this is too big and too important in my life not to share. Thanks for listening :) And if you live in BC, contact your MLA, the premier, and the Minister of Education and demand action now to negotiate fairly.