Christy Clark: The Single Biggest Enemy of Education in British Columbia’s History–Public AND Private Schools Will Greatly Suffer
War historians, as only they can, have ventured a rather fulsome, if not hubristic license–over centuries, on Napoleon’s retreat during the Russian Campaign of 1812.
Imagine the audacity–and an audacious move it is, to question one of history’s (mostly self-proclaimed) “great” leaders.
Or was he? The finest Frenchman in saddle and stirrups, took the same route in retreat from Russia as he did entering it. Forcing his men to forage off the land upon which they rested, Napoleon returned by the same road that delivered him, only to lose hundreds of thousands of men (almost 400,000) from sustained injury, starvation and disease.
Most modern students of this brief and easy glimpse on Napoleon’s apparently innate ability to know when to retreat, are told of his moxie and cunning. Rather than veering to the south, he traveled the road he knew best, and, the land his forces picked barren months earlier notwithstanding, this was salient tactical thinking, according to some; war is inequity, men will die. Soldier on, young man.
I thought about this over the weekend.
I thought about how wrong I always felt the analysis was. Who on earth would dare a valley of death without being forced to do so? Napoleon could no more retreat to the south, as other Russian troops would likely meet him and his men half way. He had no other option and was forced, frankly, by a bad plan that he himself hatched at the outset.
It was horrible tact and a failed strategy that landed him in the position of having to backtrack into a sure loss.
He was intelligent enough to know when to give ground, though, hamstrung by his original failure to facilitate a coherent battle plan.
He miscalculated the will of his enemy, too. Lavishly so.
Does this sound familiar?
I kept thinking over the last few days, of how our Premier is not strategizing dissimilarly in her battle against the teaching profession in this province. Christy Clark’s war on teachers must rank as highest in its destruction and callousness, of any initiative or policy pursued by a sitting premier. No one, ever, could have committed to the sheer lunacy she fostered a decade ago, while Minister of Education, only to return ten years later, this time as Premier, to finish off the single most important file a government has a responsibility for which to provide care and cover; resources and respect.
What about healthcare? Well, yes, that’s lovely. Fifty cents of every dollar we give government goes to healthcare, but it is hardly accidental that studies show a clear correlation between an education and better health.
If I were a teacher in Christy Clark’s British Columbia, I wouldn’t simply be angry; I would truly come unglued between fury and fear. For this woman, who has so little respect for education that she sees nothing to embellish her own academic credentials (once again, my charity is on display) will surely, I am convinced by the ample evidence thus far, thoroughly obliterate what you know as the school system today.
Her goal, is to liquidate public schools, in favour of semi-private or private institutions everywhere–but this will also ruin private schools, to be sure.
If you’ve anything to do with the public school system, aware you may be, not only of the devastating cuts and nonsensical funding approaches, but too, the virulent attack on teachers themselves.
No? Well, how would you feel to have taught thousands of children over TWENTY FIVE YEARS, many of whom return year after year, only to repeat their ‘thanks’, and discover that, for example, your seniority is gone–vanished; torn from you by the characteristic Clark method: No warning, eat the pain, thank you so much–empty smile and venomous fangs in tow.
Dracula, in heels and lipstick.
Where is it written that after tearing up agreements (which the courts have sought to be restored, thankfully), a government has the right to negotiate new ones in bad faith? Charles Jago belongs as a moderator-negotiator in this imbroglio as much as Kim Kardashian should be on faculty, teaching aeronautics at Harvard.
Dr. Jago’s hand in the chaos that had ensued since the manifest tyranny of Bill-22, should have disqualified him in an instant, but not in Christy Clark’s world. This is a cause for celebration: For, how many insiders and cronies can one woman assemble under one administration to foment the maximum amount of evil?
That teachers are so reviled in this province isn’t terribly shocking. Media tabloidism in reporting the union leadership’s dangerous apostasy of the inherent rights to a child’s learning and the militancy of many politically motivated BCTF members assures of this. The clammy and, bluntly, passe rhetorical bafflegab doesn’t help either.
However, should this give rise to a vigorous, if not enthusiastic, assault against teachers by this Premier? If families are truly first for her, the obligation she has in ending this dispute is foremost. And yet, following the insanity of the Jago hiring, Ms. Clark’s bombast and pomposity is only exceeded by her witless tact and disingenuous narrative.
Complicit in this, is her entire government–every single last one of her MLAs–that sit idly by, many of whom have plodded the halls of everywhere from the Ivy Leagues to local colleges. It need not matter, as an education–if as truly sacred as this government hypocritically claims it is for them–certainly against the backdrop of their own efforts to kill healthy learning in British Columbia, must be protected at any cost.
The better your education, the better your chances of an easier life. Better health, less crime–a greater chance at a peaceful and just society–if these notions under the BC Liberals aren’t already fleeting.
Although, all this appears to matter little, if at all, to a woman who is bound and determined to turn the public school system on its head.
Do problems exist? Of course, but would you counsel a Stage Four cancer patient to do nothing but simply pray for a more effective drug in the coming years? Does this make sense to anyone?
What will ensue is this: Having completely gutted and eventually shuttered public schools across British Columbia, smaller private schools will form (I know of three being planned on the westside of Vancouver alone) that will not only finish off the demand for a robust public education system (thus giving government the excuse to significantly turn off the funding taps), but as well, larger, more established, successful private schools, like St. George’s, Crofton House, York House, Little Flower, Southridge and the like, will become schools for ONLY the very, very elite. They will absolutely lose students to new schools, charging a fraction of the current hefty tuitions these institutions demand today–to say nothing of the faculty, who will leave in droves for similar pay and less drama–and no stigma. The smaller private schools might not deliver your sons or daughters to the hallowed halls of Yale or Stanford, but at a mere $10,000 per year–that’s approximately half of what St. George’s currently charges per annum, the savings are what will attract parents. Less stress at home, the better the environment conducive to learning.
Great doctors and scientists didn’t all go to elite schools–far from it. Therefore, if you’re a private school parent, who is not a vacuous gazillionaire (defined as those idiots who don’t mind fees of $50,000 per year/per child), and genuinely care about the future of your children, Ms. Clark is your enemy too–be quite sure of this. Do not be fooled. Your school (and your pocketbook) is just as much in jeopardy of being destroyed as any public school.
Hence, Ms. Clark’s inability to comprehend most matters, large or small, are now as comical (and useful) as her make-believe “corrective” lenses, but through the process, ALL OUR children will surely suffer.
She will be looked back upon as the one-woman killing machine of education in BC and the coming NDP government will be left gasping to retill scorched earth–an exercise in futility at the best of times.
While I do not support all the BCTF’s tactics, they are simply forcing the Premier–and you should support them in this, to hoe the road she traveled in an attempt to destroy the teaching profession in British Columbia. Understand that this is her goal and that to stop her as soon as possible should be the goal from anyone that cares about learning in BC.
Where Christy Clark currently sits, she is negotiating terrain made as barren on the way in by her own villainous troops; her own odious strategy, and will certainly suffer the landscape as cold as Russian soil in the dead of the a Cossack winter.
And losing numbers by the droves, indeed–not soldiers, but instead our children–YOUR children, OUR children, in both public and private schools.
Honestly, even Napoleon wasn’t so utterly stupid–or evil.
At least, he knew when to retreat.
In the interests of getting in all the BC Rail/’Basi-Virk’ posts this week, I will review the vanDongen press conference today, as well as confirm what will set on its head, the government’s egregious lie about the $6,000,000 settlement to David Basi and Robert Virk–meaning that post, and one on the French and Greek elections, will both come tomorrow.