Letters to the Editor

Greed is at the bottom of teachers' dispute

Editor: Picketing may escalate this week, and there is no indication of when school will be back in session. I couln’t even finish reading the article on the teachers’ picketing last week. This is a system that is fundamentally broken.

I wish we could fire all the teachers and the school boards as well. We need to get rid of them and have a fresh start. Trustee Cecelia Reekie has resigned? Do I cry over it? — no. She sees a system that is broken beyond repair and is fleeing for the hills.

Dawne Edwards’ letter to the editor (The Times, Aug. 26) is nothing more than sentimental remarks.

We have greed within the system. Let’s see it for what it is — greed. The teachers are greedy folk who want more than they give. I grew up in the public system in the 1970s and early 1980s and it was broken then. It has only gotten worse since.

I remember teachers coming to class for 10 minutes to give some sort of instruction and then disappearing into the teachers’ lounge and watching television until the end of class.  I followed a few of my instructors to see where they were going from time to time, leaving their classrooms in chaos.They simply did not care.

They were there for the salary, benefits, pension and of course a long vacation schedule.  Nothing has changed. Teachers of today claim they are different, but when I talk to parents of students in public education, their stories are exactly the same as my time in the public system.

This government needs to clean house, and we need to start with the teachers’ union.  I do not believe in the rhetoric  of  Jim Iker. He doesn’t want to give up his combined income of $200,000-plus a year in salary. I would like to see this union broken.  It is fiasco that needs to be fixed.

Sandra Steffan,

Langley

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