Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Thursday, March 25, 2021
While I’m not suggesting it is a daily occurrence, but when issues like vaccine priorities are brought to the fore there is a segment of the general population who regrettably are too hasty in referring to teachers as whiners and being greedy–if not self-centred.
As you folks out in teacher land know it’s a similar refrain when it comes to provincial collective bargaining if there is strife. This is often when the two months off in the summer are trotted out. Teachers know the rhetoric only too well.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Understand this is not a world I spend much time contemplating, but as we all know, the Twittersphere is relentless in sending out these “what’s happening” reminders.
Ask me about the characters on Paw Patrol or Dinotrux and, like any doting grandfather, I would have a better chance of joining in the conversation.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
One day before the snow showed up, I went to get tested for COVID-19 after having a bit of a runny nose.
Anyway, I chose the drive-through option, which was quite a nightmare in itself, but suffice to say, after an agonizing wait for the test results, they thankfully came back negative. Yet ironically, I am POSITIVE that I’m just about at my breaking point with regards to all things pandemic and all the inconsistencies that surround it.
Don’t get me wrong–I have nothing against Dr. Saqib Shahab and his frequently changing co-stars when they sit down to address the huddled masses (not so much) about the latest statistics. Until someone can bring some perspective to this whole thing, it is just so tiresome.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Education Week edition 2020 will be like no other.
Every year the provincial government comes up with some new theme for Education Week as a way to recognize the important role public education plays in our daily lives. This year it will be later than usual (November 22 to 28, 2020). At this time, there’s no theme and nor is there a reason for a theme this year because of the events of the past six months plus.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
It would hardly qualify as an anniversary to celebrate, but rather one that only tends to remind one of the lost opportunities in the past two decades.
Yes folks, I’m talking about it is fast approaching 20 years since Dr. Michael Tymchak, then the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, shared the findings of the exhaustive Role of the School Task Force Report which led to the notion of SchoolPLUS and was envisioned as the ultimate integrated support system.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Suppose you weren’t one of the province’s 13,500 teachers, chances are you would barely even realize that, oh yes, the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee actually thrashed out a four-year agreement.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Turn the clock back just a couple months ago and the word wasn’t even in my lexicon. COVID-19 could be some person’s unique personalized licence plate.
As for social distancing, this could be just another term for someone who might not be all that enamoured with you.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Imagine my surprise when word came out that the conciliation process had basically failed. If you deduced sarcasm there, you win the prize.
Conciliation might work if the parties were prepared to live up to the dictionary description of conciliatory, which is calculated to win over, soothe or reconcile. In other words, if the two participants would only have had a minor disagreement and ultimately wanted to get to the same place, there might be a chance.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Let me share a recent personal experience that left me with much to ponder, and one that I’m not likely to forget any time soon. Trust me on this.
Just to be clear, it’s not like I am so cloistered from reality that I have not seen poverty before, and nor do I pretend to be the person with all the answers. Never let it be said I am the smartest one in the room. Hardly.
However, when you have been in this game for as long as I have, it should come as no major revelation that you hopefully gain a reasonable degree of observation. Sometimes you’re also able to go just a little deeper and connect the dots even if they aren’t always in accordance with others.