The issues decided in the Supreme Court of Canada continue to resonate in local schools because undoing improper acts of the provincial government is a complex task, affecting everyone in the education system.
Asked about qualifications and priorities, I responded that my experience as an accountant and financial researcher would enable the Board to exercise stronger fiscal oversight. As another priority, I would work for improved human resource management in the North Vancouver School District.
I received identical emails about independent schools from more than one person and, since the questions are of general interest, I offer my responses here.
I favour inclusivity, tolerance and mutual respect. Our society is diverse and every child should feel safe and welcome in schools. Misinformation has been circulated about SOGI but I believe it is a well-intentioned effort to improve children’s experiences and understanding of the world we live in. Much better than pretending all people must follow the same narrow path. I am more interested in the quality of a young person’s character than his or her choices in matters of love and attraction.
Walking bus accompanies children to school in organised groups following a set route and timetable. Children are enjoying the walk with their peers in the company of adults and at the same time contribute to a more attractive neighbourhood and a cleaner environment. Bike train is very similar with the only difference that the whole group travels on bikes.
Hand held devices are a misplaced asset in classrooms today. Some people, including most students, consider them essential to life. Most teachers believe them to be a major distraction. Learning is affected if children are paying attention to mobile devices instead of teachers. Ophthalmologists worry about digital eyestrain. But, one prominent professor of psychology worries about more serious troubles.
Voter turnouts for local elections are typically low. While disappointing, it presents an opportunity. A single vote has power; a group of engaged voters has significant power. If you want to influence the result, be sure to vote and convince others to do the same…