Sunday, September 7, 2014
Trying to find a way to help BC's public school education
But this week I have just become more and more frustrated as the teachers' strike in British Columbia drags on and then this weekend when the BCTF's attempt to get the government to agree to binding arbitration failed, I really got angry. Today I gave myself permission to focus on this and try to use social media as much as possible. I tried to think of creative solutions. I am noticing that my sentences seem to be getting shorter. I think that is due to trying to keep the word count down twittering. I notice my fingers are tired (kind of like when I used to cram for piano practical exams).
It's been quite a day! Talk about online collaboration! Just read a summary of what we learned about tweeting on my new favourite Facebook page. Who knows how much was accomplished but at least I thought I was trying to do something other than deliver treats to picket lines. Plus I was becoming obsessed and figured I could spend a few hours focused on this today!
I have been feeling as if the public school teachers in BC were locked in a room without a key and now without a door. I kept thinking there have to be other ways we can unlock the door. I came up with great ideas but not so easy to realize-e.g. BC celebrities standing up for teachers the way Raffi has. I have sent out tweets, others have-now to see if we get anywhere! I mean celebrities have a heck of a lot more followers than I do. Wouldn't it be wonderful if BC celebrities made a video in support of public education. Where is Matt Damon when you need him??? I keep thinking well social media got Obama elected.
I was watching a program on TV last night-where someone used the strategy of just listening to voters rather than trying to convince them of anything-I think we need to listen closely-not react-listen-because some people seem awfully angry about teachers-worried about their taxes going up if education properly funded. Supporters of teachers need to disarm the critics… I just keep thinking…but surely if enough of us keep thinking…
I just read this this morning and it's an excellent synopsis of the current situation.