And then along comes Wynne and says, "hey, we offered ETFO the same deal that the others settled for, but they didn't accept it!"
As a matter of fact, what OPSBA and the government were trying to shove onto ETFO members would have maintained the significantly less preparation time and more supervision time we currently enjoy than secondary teachers, that our class sizes would still be larger than secondary classes, and that elementary students would still have less access to specialist teachers than their secondary counterparts.
I'm confused. Where's the "same deal" we allegedly turned down???
(Never mind the fact that we didn't even get equity in bargaining: The two unions that settled got 18-29 days at the bargaining table before reaching a settlement; we were left abandoned after only 7!)
Why doesn't the government then practise what it preaches??!
I'm so done with this nonsense, really, I am. I am Just. So. Tired.
I love teaching, and I want to do it well. I am a parent of two students in the system, and I see the stress kids these days are under. They are buried under a mountain of mixed messages in the media, stressed out by busy or absent parents, and overwhelmed by an overwhelming world.
Students need strong, engaged, committed teachers who are supported in planning and teaching effectively to meet their complex needs.
Want me to be a guidance counselor, librarian, nurse and math teacher? And I should also clean my own classroom properly? Then support me with systems that allow me to do those things well! I've always taught in diverse areas where I am as likely to be spending my days with the daughters and sons of engineers as I am with the children of refugees (sometimes they are one and the same).
27 students like that in one class is more than I can effectively handle, I'll be honest.
Until such a time, I am going to wear red on Wednesdays and continue to follow the guidance of my union.