Dear Susan Lambert, Hon. Christy Clark
Compensate teachers more favourably, but fire the very worst of them.
Both Sides Have Valid ArgumentsPeople are not happy with teachers. A lot of people see them to be in a position of unparalleledtenure in a time when most other fields, even in the public sector, have seen substantial layoffsand instability in the last five years. Education is a very large part of a provincial budget which isalready squeezes by an anaemic GDP.However, teaching is hard work, and in many fields it's underpaid compared to its conjugate jobs. A chemist makes more than a chemistry teacher. Graduates of education degrees makeless than graduates of most other fields among respondents of surveys (statistical issues aside).It's not a lot of compensation for the benefit provided.The Tradeoff Teachers are paid less, but this is in part made up by stability. A doctor or a lawyer is nearly 50times as likely as a teacher to lose his or her credentials. Compensation comes with a tradeoff of accountability.Some people have bad days or even years if they're adjusting to a life change or working with anew grade in an unfamiliar subject. The BCTF does a good job of protecting these teachers sothey can continue to focus on their job instead of worrying about the future. Keep doing this.However, when a teacher gets a mass of student and parent and even peer complaints yearafter year, that teacher is being protected unduly at the expense of students. These are theones that get remembered, please stop letting them represent the BCTF.