BCTF Code of Ethics

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation is a union of professionals and represents the teaching profession in British Columbia. At the heart of this profession is the expertise (professional knowledge) and standards of practice (professional action) that guides teachers’ autonomy when meeting the educational needs of students. Like an profession, the purpose of public education is to serve a benefit to the community at large and to the students we serve.

Open Letter to the BCTF from a Teacher

I am a teacher because I care deeply about making a difference for the students in my school. Again, this is not unlike most other teachers. We all care about students. We are a passionate group of professionals who teach because we love caring for others. That is why I am so proud to be teacher.

ReadThePlan.ca: Strategic Responses to COVID-19

Steve Querengesser is a teacher in Haida Gwaii and was a candidate for 2nd VP of the BCTF at last week’s annual general meeting of the teachers’ union. Steve’s campaign focused on engaging members, raising the status of the teaching professional, and support for equity and reconciliation at all levels of public education in British Columbia. He also proposed a strategic response to COVID-19. He was not elected but many of the issues that he raised are still critical to public education and are worth the read.

Silence = Death: Why teachers’ silence on racism, reconciliation, and COVID-19 equals death

“Silence = Death” was a clarion call to action made by AIDS activists in the early days of that pandemic. At a time of willful government neglect, because of who the HIV virus killed, we knew that our survival depended on our voices being heard. What I learned then, when I came out as an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, is that silence always equals death, even now.