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June 18, 2014, 12:18 p.m.
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Trinity Western- Religious Freedom vs Human Rights

personally i think the law society should only be focused on denying accreditation if the school is deficient in the program it offers/teaches. ones lifestyle choice shouldn't come into the equation. how do they account for people that attend accdredited schools who potentially have highly bigoted or racist opinions that are far more exculsionary than those of the twu coventat which does not limit who can go but just how they conduct themselves while they attend the university?

Opinions and Covenants are two very different beasts.

TWU preaching intolerance but expecting to be tolerated.

June 17, 2014, 10:21 p.m.
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Trinity Western- Religious Freedom vs Human Rights

I'm sure a TWU Law degree will be good in Russia!

June 14, 2014, 11:26 p.m.
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Trinity Western- Religious Freedom vs Human Rights

It boils down to that for everyone on first blush. When one digs deeper it becomes readily apparent there is more to it which warrants further discussion.

Why? Because it involves homosexuals and Jesus? ;)

It reeks of hypocrisy when one group thinks their exclusionary rules shouldn't exclude them from being included in another group.

I'm late to this party I know so I'm sure this has been beat to death in this thread already.

June 14, 2014, 9:28 p.m.
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Trinity Western- Religious Freedom vs Human Rights

Haven't read all 171 posts but here's what it boils down to for me.

Club A: Has specific rules you must follow to be allowed in the club.

Club B: Also has specific rules to be allowed in the club.

Club A is pissy because Club B says Club A can't be in their club because they aren't following Club B rules.

You wanna be in the "CLUB", play by the rules. Seems pretty simple to me.

  • I don't want to be in either club.
June 9, 2014, 9:58 p.m.
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pending teachers strike, BCTF and the gov't

Yeah, it's the government that's stopping them from working. Too bad the reality is that the teachers fired the first volley…

IIRC, they bargained on class size in the late 90s. In 2002 the government changed it via a bill . This was contested in court by the BCTF and they won. Government introduced another bill, and the court again ruled in favour of the BCTF. Government has asked for a stay or delay on complying with the ruling, or something like that, and that's the current state.

BC elected this government, so if anyone is to blame look at the people who voted Liberal. Rather than spend money on education, they spend it in a roof at BC Place.

Who fired the first volley?

June 6, 2014, 9:33 a.m.
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RS Revelation RLT Ti Dual Position Air woes

I've been having the same problem. A good friend of mine is a top mechanic and has done some work on it with no change in the problem. He changed all the O-rings and a few other things. He's running out of ideas. Next step is to send it in.

If I un-weight the front end it will rebound back to normal position. It's not optimal of course but I just pop a quick manual here and there to keep all my travel.

Anyone else?

May 29, 2014, 10:48 a.m.
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It's easy to sit here and say I'd pay more, but that is different from actually paying more when required. Would you give up buying a new mountain bike for the funds to go to education? How about taking a pass on that vacation to fund education?

The reality is that you would have to give something up, what would you be willing to?

I have to make these concessions all the time. I have kids.

Do you?

May 27, 2014, 10:35 p.m.
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Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning - that equals 6-1/2 hours).
So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year. Can't pay them for any vacations.

That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year.

What about those teachers with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Copy and pasted but some interesting numbers.

May 27, 2014, 4:13 p.m.
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I have a simple solution.

How about everyone agree to pay more tax on the condition that teacher's salaries don't change much but classes get smaller, special needs kids get the help they need and the teachers also have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively?

Is this really so impossible in a 1st world country?

I could go for this.

May 26, 2014, 7:50 a.m.
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If this is the type of open discussion and debate that is encouraged these days in our education system, then you're making my arguments for me.

I have no clue where you're going with this. I haven't been to Public School for 25+ years…

May 26, 2014, 7:48 a.m.
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If that's true, then I think I would have an excellent clue of what's going on as I have a kid that just finished going K-12 in our public school system and was taught by dozens of teachers.

I'll forget all the misinformation about working hours, salaries, class sizes, special needs, etc. as both the government and the BCTF fudge numbers. Instead I'll talk about teachers.

What I've had issues with are two things. The first is the off-loading of work onto the parents of the students.

I've noticed that too. The amount of homework we've had in Gr 1 and 2 is a bit disturbing. I believe they can't accomplish as much in the alotted class time as they are dealing with the composition and class size issues.

The second issue I have is what a teacher is teaching. When a system allows for a teacher to teach a course that they do not fully understand because of "seniority", then that is a big problem. When a teacher cannot explain a subject to a student and tells them "just read what's in the book", that's a problem. If there is a teacher who's much better qualified to teach the subject matter then seniority should not be part of the equation.

I believe that comes down to poor admin decisions. If admin can't use their resources correctly you need to have a sit down with them because you're right. That is a problem.

May 25, 2014, 10:58 p.m.
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So it's tough, so we shouldn't talk about how to solve it? Is that your opinion?

I actually asked you to talk and stop spouting fluff. Thats my opinion.

We could start with models used in the private sector… Every year, my manager talks to people I work with, people that have worked on projects I've been a part of, and if possible gets feedback from any customers I've worked with. He formulates an opinion of me and my work and of all others on our team and basically ranks us. Then he gets a pool of money (if there is any based on economic conditions for the company for the year) and divides it up based on his professional opinion on who should get what amount of the pool. (from the pool he will try and bring under earners up, keep his star performers motivated, and give little to the plugs…. Those are his levers as a manager.

Sounds like a great system The bottom line is if you sell, it's your sales that position you. Customer service plays into it of course (if you're looking for repeat business) but if your customer service sucks, you fizzle out on returning business. You have a VERY EASY scale. You sell, you earn.

Just curious who are the all these people we are talking to in the school system? You have kids, parents, teachers, admin, school board. Thats about it.
If you have good admin they will have a general idea who is doing a good job and who isn't. Admin has multiple avenues to apply pressure. Poor performing teachers either comply or get faced with a number of deterrents. You rarely here about these taking place because they happen behind closed doors for good reason. An unready struggling teacher would be even less effective if the students found out they are under the gun. Trust me when I say that shitty teachers will get the shitty end of the stick a tonne.

You keep talking about your magical private sector. This is a school not a Walmart. Just face it. You have no idea no things run in the school system. The more you talk the more obvious it becomes.

If those models don't work, I think we could come up with ones that do. But why attack anyone that wants to engage in a conversation about it.

Do you think you're the first person who has thought of performance based earnings for teachers? If by attack you mean pointing out obvious flaws in your theories then I guess I'm guilty.

So basically, if I don't have kids, I don't have a right to an opinion about how my taxes are spent? Is that your position?

Ridiculous.

Basically if you don't have kids you have no clue whats going on in schools right now. Thats my position.
And I see my hunch was bang on with you at least.

If the BCTF says at any point: Fine, we'll take the same wage deal as other public sector workers, but class size/composition is now our only issue, I think the discussion would be much different

I will def agree with that. Pretty sure that teachers have tried a similar approach to this before and got the shaft.

May 25, 2014, 9:38 p.m.
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In any profession/job there's going to be varying opinions on job performance. That doesn't exclude the need for checks and balances on employee performance.

How much taxpayer money do you think it would take to implement these checks and balances?

What would be your strategy for checks and balances?

Grades? Won't work. Popularity with students and parents? Possibly but still flawed

So what then?

You too Couch Surfer. You talk about check and balances but thats just fluff without specifics. There are too many variables and subjectives to implement this easily. It's not exactly like your one dimensional world of dollars and cents. We are talking education of kids.

On the subject of kids, I'd be curious as to how many BCTF bashers have kids in the public system. I have a hunch here but I may be off base.

There are too many things teacher's can't control. And as for administrators observing classes, I'm pretty sure that already happens.

It does. Constantly.

May 23, 2014, 11:14 p.m.
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That said, most people entering the private sector aren't getting 2.5 months off in the summer where they could take a second job, and 2 weeks total vacation is pretty common for entry level.

How much time off did our MP's get? They get pretty regular raises that they give themselves and already make a pretty solid wage.

And they have everyone in a tizzy about the teachers.

May 23, 2014, 7:38 p.m.
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The situation is a mess, both sides are at fault, although i feel it is more on the BCTF than the govt.

The situation is a mess but to primarily fault the teachers shows complete ignorance to how the Gov has been dealing with teachers for 12 years.

2002 Bill 28 legislated that the right to bargain for class size and teacher supports. 1500 teacher librarians, ESL teachers, special ed Teachers and counsellors were laid off.

2011 the BC Supreme court ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional.

2012 Bill 22 passes that many felt was virtually identical to Bill 28 that was ruled to be unconstitutional.

2014 bill again struck down by the court as unconstitutional and further it was ruled that the Lib Gov "strategy was to put such pressure on the union that it would provoke a strike by the union." -Madam Justice Susan Griffin

The decision was appealed by the BC Gov. More limbo.

I recently had a child start Kindergarten. There were 3 un-identified special needs kids in her class of 22. It was chaos. Many parents were reporting that their kids who were once excited to attend school were crying in the AM not to go. 8 kids ended up being pulled from the class before Xmas. Most ended up in private schools. We were the last to pull out. Our kid who was super pumped on school now wanted to avoid the place. She had been super happy and easy going in daycare and was used to being apart from us during the day. We ended up paying for schooling for 2.5 years that we couldn't really afford. I feel this is a direct result of this Govs policy towards public education.

The Premier and former Minister of Ed sends her kid to private school. Does anyone wonder why? I wonder how many other MPs send their kids to private school Christy obviously knows how messed the situation is.

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