Watch the Students practicing democracy in action on the video link below the story.
I am so proud of our youth. I wanted to show them the respect they deserve. I videotaped their concerns as they tried to talk some sense into the School District administration.
They are practicing their right for free speech and democracy. They have had enough. They want to support their teachers and don’t think anyone should be bullied into silence. They are feeling the brunt of the actions of the administration and their decisions that they make in their offices, behind their desk.
The students were a little disorganized, but even after the condescending attitude from the school board, they held their own. They wanted to get their point across and they did, in fact I would give them an A+, some adults could have not done a better job.
They were most concerned with the Teacher’s not being able to protest themselves, which they couldn’t quite understand, so they did it for them. They also have concerns with the poverty rate, budget cuts and unemployment. (Once again, so proud).
The students are smart, aware, untouched by corporate greed and unfair legislation. They will learn one way or another.
Taking away their breaks was the last straw. They love their teachers, (even though most would not admit it), they feel sorry for them when they hear how much “volunteer” time they have to put in just to do what they love – TEACH.
They understand that it doesn’t stop at the administration level, that it is a provincial and federal situation. All they want is a fair education. Not to be squeezed into oversized classes (because of school closures), locked up for hours with no fresh air (because of budget cuts), no report cards (because of the after hours work overload on the Teachers considered “volunteer time”)?
All they want is to have a say in their future. They are worried about the welfare of the people teaching them so that they can have a HOPE of a future. It sounds reasonable to me, how about you?
Note: After I shut the camera off Dave told me he did not want to see this video on Facebook and asked me who I worked for, another member of the administration informed me that it was illegal to tape the demonstration.
The reporter from the Standard was standing right beside me and asked Dave if he wanted to add anything else to their interview earlier. I was puzzled to why she was allowed to photo and record and I wasn't? Terrace Student Delivers a Lecture to the School Board
“We are students of British Columbia. Our right of free speech matters. We will not be silenced any longer. We demand that our educational funding be increased.
“Everyday we realize our accomplishments and our potential. We realize that BC high schools are detrimentally under privileged in comparison to higher percentages of funding in other Provinces.
“The fact of the matter is students are outraged that our intellectual capabilities go unrecognized on account of false and undue expectations.
“We know that the rate of unemployment in our Province has increased greatly leading to a higher amount of homeless. This all works against education.
“By no means are we distressed by our teachers and their strike. We see what is going on around us. We know that we are already limited by our Provincail and Federal governments.
“We are young adults in a world that is changing. We are people. We have a right and a freedom to have our opinions and our education to be considered first.
“We are mature enough to know what is wrong and what is right.
“How come the Government and the School Board have the right to limit the freedoms of youth who are supposed to lead our nation into the future?
“The simple answer is they cannot!
“They may have the power to restrict us from what we deserve, but we will not stand for it!
“We are people not pawns!
“We cannot be used against or for anyone!
“Isn’t that a main principle that all Canadians try to prove top the world?
“We think the establishment has a few things to think about.”Read The Details of The Strike Here