Today, we do a postmortem on the B.C. teachers strike. The strike that lasted all summer, and a couple weeks into the school year.
We’re a few weeks out of all that madness, and we’re going to use this opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture. Why did this happen? What is the social, political, and economic context? And what does this mean for the future of public education?
Hosted live on Thursday, September 25th in the Gallery Lounge. This is the 12th in our BARtalk series, a panel discussion and debate series we put on with the Alma Mater Society, or the AMS. The AMS is the society that represents students at the University of British Columbia.
The panel was hosted by Gordon Katic, and included:
- Mark Thompson, a UBC Sauder School of Business professor emeritus, His research interests include the changing roles of labour and management in public services, industrial relations and labour issues.
- Katie Hyslop is a Vancouver-based journalist who writes on education issues for the Tyee. She’s also the news editor for the Megaphone Magazine.
- Wendy Poole, a professor at the Faculty of Education, teaches courses related to leadership and the aims of education, teacher unions and education and organizational learning. A former secondary school teacher from Nova Scotia, her research interests include teacher unions, teacher union leadership, and the impact of neoliberal and neoconservative policies on K-12 education.