L’intimidation s’arrête ici! Bullying Stops Here.
Pink Shirt Day in Canada
Pink Shirt Day in Parliament
Québec déposera un projet de loi contre l’intimidation
Il semble que Lise et ses membres à ANCQ doivent avoir des équipes pour faire face à des questions spéciales pour les enfants comme l’intimidation. Quand j’ai demandé à Lise sur la lutte contre l’intimidation, elle m’a envoyé ce lien Quebecs nouvelle loi anti-intimidation. Quand j’ai cherché pour l’anti-intimidation en Nouvelle-Écosse, j’ai trouvé ce lien dernières années, de nouveaux Cyber-intimidation loi. Le jour de la chemise rose est une façon amusante de faire cesser l’intimidation, mais aussi, les lois l’arreter.
A Fighting Chance in South Africa
Abbotsford School District Votes For Two-Week Spring Break For 9th Consecutive Year
50% of British Columbia’s School Boards have a one week Spring Break, because they say the Minister of Education recommended it. The other 50% have a two week Spring Break, because they say closing the schools for 5 days will save money. We can all agree that flippantly proposing different routines annually, based on no real science or research, inconveniences the public and damages the reputation of teachers, their union, and school boards. But I further argue this uncertainty and lack of routine is a public health and safety risk created by the Minister of Education based on the following three facts.
1. Almost nothing is more important to a child than a stable routine. Almost no one should know this better than teachers – except parents. Divorced parents have gone to court thousands of times, often spending thousands of dollars each to try to force confused family court judges to establish routines that allow children to maintain existing parent-child relationships, especially with their fathers. When the School Board flippantly changes a community’s routines, it hurts children in many ways, but most notably by interfering with yearly educational and childcare planning. Saving money by closing schools for 2 weeks was never a valid excuse. Saving vulnerable children by only closing schools for 1 week and thereby reducing our community’s child care needs misses the point of declaring parent-child relationships paramount. Families should not be under so much stress that closing our schools for 5 days – as might happen in a storm – devastates them and leads to significantly reduced scholastic performance. We have got to give our children, our courts, and our communities a stable routine, and a stable school calendar as a matter of public health.
2. Five years ago our family was in grave distress because a teachers encouraged our daughter not to live with or even speak to me. The first people I told about my family’s distress were teachers in the classroom, the office, at the teachers’ union and the teachers’ professional association. They said the right thing: we are sorry that happened, that should never have happened, we are going to help you. But their help was to give me a phone number. Everything else was a cover up.
The second people I told about my family’s distress were other parents at the PAC, DPAC, and the school board. Being inexperienced, they said the wrong thing: we have known these people for over a decade, we cannot believe they would be involved in anything bad. Not being believed is such a common mistake that police officers and other professionals warn you about this response, when they are teaching people about child abuse. So my first point is that teachers are child development experts. My second point is sometimes experts make mistakes.
3. My third point is that my family court has long ago  told me that it believed the best interest of our children was served by sharing all holidays equally. Since I now know which day this new holiday will be created – April 16, 2012 – I could book a court date for April 17, 2012 seeking an order to share this holiday equally, by showing the Honourable Court a copy of the School Board Notice of Motion and Record of the School Board Vote, except our daughter is now 18 years old and working, not to mention busy with her friends.
P.S. Dear Attorney General of British Columbia, do fathers really need to go to family court each April, spending thousands of dollars on court and lawyer fees, to give our children the gift of Spring Break with Dad, which you and your family judges say is in our children’s best interests, simply because the Minister of Education cannot acknowledge our two week Spring Break and is unable to acknowledge the 50% of other School Districts that also have a two week March Break? Do we really need to vote on our school calendar every year, if it is unchanged from the 2 week break we have had for the last decade? Does this policy place families first? Finally, why do fathers have to wait for a holiday to be parents?
The letter from Abbotsford School Superintendent Kevin Godden regarding the Parent Consultations about our two week Spring Break is here.
Teachers Start Three Day Strike On Monday, March 5
Education Minister George Abbott’s statement about the teacher’s strike and the Education Improvement Act Bill 22 which he calls fair and reasonable, is here.
The leader of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Susan Lampert, says two amazing things in the above video:
1. That BC Teachers were the best in the world, tied with with Norway’s teachers for this honour, but have since fallen to fifth place.
2. That BC Teachers have been falsely accused of manipulating British Columbia’s child protection system by placing union leaders as key decision makers in the teacher discipline system.
First of all, it is not Premier Christy Clark who is asking questions about parental alienation – it is me. In fact, the Premier is trying to cover up parental alienation problems with her sham attempt to reform family law with parental coordinators that cost at least $8,000 each. Second, if the teachers are caught between two bad things: between getting in trouble for exposing parents as alienators, or for going along with alienation and bullying, then all I can say to Susan is – welcome to my world. Third, if criminalizing parents as either deadbeat dads or malicious moms is wrong, then isn’t criminalizing teachers as child abusers also wrong? The inevitable outcome of this war between the teachers and British Columbia is that parental alienation will be acknowledged by everyone. Make Teaching a Parental Alienation Aware Profession.
BC Families Scramble For Child Care Ahead of Teachers’ Strike
The Vancouver Sun newspaper report about the public health and safety effect of the teachers’ strike is here.
Ecstasy Overdoses Amongst Students: Drug Task Force Created
The Abbotsford School District has struck a task force to respond to the recent incidents of ecstasy overdoses amongst students in Abbotsford, as well as to review the school district’s and community’s capacity to respond effectively to the issues of student misuse of drugs.
A letter from the Chief Constable, Bob Rich, regarding the drug task force is here.
Only 53 days till Bubbles of Love
Seulment 53 jours devant Les Bulles d’Amour
Parental Alienation: Why Be Aware?
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