Messages from BC’s Deputy Minister of Education

Current deputy minister messages are focused on issues of salary and bargaining. In the June 2nd issue is a rather interesting analysis of teachers’ salaries as compared to education administrator salaries. However, the two tables are not quite directly comparable. In the principal salaries we have the minimum and dived by elementary and secondary. In the superintendent group we have min/max as per size of school district. However, the teacher salary table (which gives us the ‘third highest’ is, according to the deputy minister “adjust[ed] for what actually happens.” Unfortunately there is no explanation for how the salaries have been adjusted, nor is there an explanation of “what actually happens.” What we are left with is an interesting document that could be used effectively in a applied skills math course or a critical thinking class in which the subject is numeracy and the ways in which ‘evidence’ can be massaged to assist our ‘understanding’ of current issues.
Here are the most recent messages:
Download June 2, 2006
Download May 26, 2006
Download May 19, 2006

Previous messages from the Deputy Minister

Parents Spend More Time With Kids

Are Parents Investing More or Less Time in Children: Trends in Selected Industrialized Countries – Policy Brief (4 pages)
Anne H. Gauthier and Others
Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy

Contrary to popular belief, parents these days are actually spending more time with their kids than their predecessors in the 1960s – about one more hour per day. Time use data from Canada, the U.S. and several other industrialized countries illustrate that fathers in particular have increased the amount of time spent with their children. The researchers also noted that paid work did not appear to impinge on parental time.

Source: BCTF Information Services.