Teacher’s ex­ec­u­tive should all re­sign

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Alexis Carr, the teacher who had the courage to step up at the rally and speak out against not only the teacher cuts, but also Gilles Arse­nault for call­ing off the rally. Which begs the ques­tion, did the teach­ers' fed­er­a­tion call off the rally or did Arse­nault make that de­ci­sion? Ei­ther way it was a very ques­tion­able de­ci­sion.

Arse­nault's ra­tio­nale for telling teach­ers not to rally was, "A nonunited front will not have the same sort of im­pact we would have to­gether." Well, here is a news flash for Mr. Arse­nault: A united front do­ing noth­ing has no im­pact.

I spent 25 years of my teach­ing ca­reer in another province, be­ing in­volved at the lo­cal level and pro­vin­cial level of our union. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, teacher lead­ers who make state­ments like, " . . . the teach­ers’ fed­er­a­tion was happy gov­ern­ment is now go­ing to re­view those teach­ing cuts,” and with this "good faith ges­ture to schools," the union only felt it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to re­turn the ges­ture by call­ing off the rally, should ex­pect to get what their ef­fort re­flects - not much.

Teach­ers should in­sist the en­tire ex­ec­u­tive of the fed­er­a­tion step down or at the very least Mr. Arse­nault not show his face again at the ex­ec­u­tive ta­ble. Any rea­son­able per­son would see his ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­se­quent suc­cess­ful ap­point­ment to the Dept. of Ed­u­ca­tion as a con­flict of in­ter­est, par­tic­u­larly with ne­go­ti­a­tions go­ing on. Teach­ers, if you re­ally care about your stu­dents, take some real ac­tion, right to strike or not, if teach­ing po­si­tions are not re­stored, go back in the fall and teach the stu­dents and with­draw all other ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly ad­min­is­tra­tive.

Teach­ers, teach the stu­dent, work with par­ents and do what you have to do. San­dra M. Sharpe, Bide­ford

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