Tag Archives: British Columbia

Vancouver faces stark contrasts between funding for K to 12 and university

Vancouver faces stark contrasts between funding for K to 12 and university Vancouver Observer October 7, 2016 Vancouver, the city of disparities, is faced with polar opposites in its educational system. The contrast between K-12 schools and the university in … Continue reading

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Be Realistic Demand the Impossible: A Rejoinder to Peter Seixas [updated with video]

“Be Realistic Demand the Impossible”[1] Rejoinder to Peter Siexas’s Dangerous indeed: A response to E. Wayne Ross’ ‘Courage of hopelessness’ University of British Columbia Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar Series: Diverse Perspectives on Curriculum & Pedagogy February 26, 2016 … Continue reading

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Do private programs belong at public universities?

The University of Victoria has contracted with the Canadian telecom giant Telus to deliver a “customized” MBA program to Telus employees. Telus executives will be teaching some of the courses; the instructors from UVic will apparently be teaching on contracts … Continue reading

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Why the UBC Leadership Crisis Matters Beyond the Ivory Tower

The ongoing drama at University of British Columbia may look like a tempest in a teapot, but the dispute among university governors, managers, and faculty has implications that reach beyond the ivory tower. Two principles are at the heart of … Continue reading

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Arvind Gupta: Known knowns, known unknowns, unknown unknowns …

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t … Continue reading

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Reforming Academic Labor, Resisting Imposition, K12 and Higher Education (Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, No. 25)

New Workplace Issue #25 Reforming Academic Labor, Resisting Imposition, K12 and Higher Education Writing About Academic Labour Joss Winn Survival in the New Corporatized Academy: Resisting the Privatization of Higher Education Ellen Boesenberg The Radical Keynes: An Appraisal Carlo Fanelli “A … Continue reading

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BC Teachers’ Strike: Analyzing the government’s bargaining strategy & its “affordability” trope

Published in Rabble.ca on Friday, September 12, 2014 as: B.C. schools could be open Monday, if the government wanted Public schools in British Columbia could be open Monday, if the government wanted. On Wednesday, in nearly unanimous fashion, members of … Continue reading

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Why paying teachers for student test scores is a bad idea

While everyone in British Columbia is paying attention to the teachers’ strike, the Fraser Institute launched its latest effort to marketize education. This week the Fraser Institute, a neoliberal think tank, released a report promoting incentivized pay for teachers. Teacher … Continue reading

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Class Size and Teachers’ Work: What The Province Editors Get Wrong About the Biggest Issue in B.C. Education

In today’s editorial, “Fix Your Problems and Reopen Schools,” editors of The Province declared that the labour dispute between government and teachers in British Columbia is “pretty simple,” the B.C. Teachers’ Federation wants more and the government says it can’t … Continue reading

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Does size matter when it comes to public school classes?

[Cross posted from Institute for Critical Education Studies blog] Does size matter when it comes to public school classes? This question was debated on CBC Radio’s The Current this morning. Burnaby, BC grade 4/5 teacher Jennifer Heighton, Russ Whitehurst of … Continue reading

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