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Back to School for Convicts?

Yesterday when my husband, the Wolf, drove by the local high school he saw a notice on the electronic bulletin board that announced the start of a new school year on September 2nd. Of course I think most parents and teachers would be very happy to see that happen, and probably even a good number of the students. But since the union and the province are just getting back to the negotiating table on Friday, I think the notice was more than a tad premature. Let's say I won't be holding my breath, just yet!

Last week the province of BC announced a plan to compensate parents of elementary-aged children for child care or tutoring costs , should the strike continue into the new school year. While that move wasn't very popular with anyone, it was a far sight better than the proposal offered by a blog spoofing the Vancouver Sun . The plan they offered? Save money on the child care by putting convicts into schools to replace the teacher!

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Fractal wrote on August 6, 2014, 7:27 PM

Well, I suppose that the convicts will be well-placed to provide children with tips on burglary, larceny, murder, embezzlement, etc... Just what a child of today needs. Not!

Ellis wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:06 PM

I suppose it would be reassuring to know we were being robbed by a better class of

Feisty56 wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:29 PM

I think the idea of child care/tutoring to be reimbursed if it should come to that is a decent, if not desirable alternative. I can't imagine school systems in the U.S. doing that at all.

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:42 PM

Ruby3881 Having taught at one of the more corrupt college districts (in my opinion) for a very long time, my first reaction to this was "What's New?" followed by a hearty laugh. In fairness the worst scoundrels were in the administration rather than the classrooms, but there were a few exceptions.

BNelson wrote on August 6, 2014, 10:30 PM

Seems like an odd idea to compensate parents for that, people should not have kids and expect the schools to be the "child care", schools are for education, not babysitting services.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 12:17 AM

I linked the article if you want to read what its authors suggested in terms of subject areas. It was everything from white-collar criminals teaching math, to those who ran meth labs teaching chemistry emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on August 7, 2014, 12:22 AM

Oh, hmmm. I thought this was gonna be about convicts being able to take courses while in prison (which is always a good idea, provided they're not chemistry courses), but that was quite a twist.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 12:29 AM

Unfortunately, that's what's already happening. The collective that represents the school administrations and the teachers union are essentially using our kids as pawns and robbing us for our school taxes, all the while :(

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 3:14 AM

I like the idea in principle, but it's far too much money for the government to reasonably afford and probably not enough to really cover daycare for those who end up needing it. And of course, it overlooks all the special needs kids and the older teens who are at risk of failing their year if the teachers aren't back to work in September.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 3:16 AM

I couldn't speak to your experiences in this particular district, but I think if you look you can find corruptions just about anywhere.

MegL wrote on August 7, 2014, 6:03 AM

Most of the criminals need basic lessons. It would probably end up with the kids teaching the criminals how to read and count!

chatombreux wrote on August 7, 2014, 8:18 AM

I'm sure that wouldn't have been a popular solution if it had been a serious one. And, if it had been serious, I would hope that those in charge would soon be voted out.

revolution333 wrote on August 7, 2014, 9:18 AM

Oh great that's all we need is a meth cook being a Chemistry teacher! The idea scares me! I think I'd rather home school my kids.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 2:34 PM

The $40/day is for child care, tutoring, or other expenses incurred as a result of the strike. And since it was the government offering that money, it's hardly the parents "expecting" help.

Yes, it does seem odd for a school system to offer that kind of money. But I think when the school system has been disrupted for over a decade due to government and unions not being able to get themselves on the same page, I guess the government wanted to look like they at least understood that parents who have to work away from home will be out of pocket, should this strike continue into September.

As I said, it wasn't a popular measure. Teachers did make the school = babysitting connection you mentioned, and of course they're insulted. Most parents think it's impractical, and some think it's a slap in the face. We all just want to see the teachers back at their jobs, and our kids getting a decent education.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 4:04 PM

I hope you enjoyed that twist, Ali! I know a lot of prisons do offer basic literacy and GED courses, as well as access to post-secondary education by correspondence. Of course, these programs are often cut due to lack of participation or funding. It would be interesting to look at how many convicts have reliable access to educational services, as lack of education very often goes hand in hand with poverty, despair and crime.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 4:24 PM

That really depends on what crimes the person has been convicted of. White-collar criminals tend to be very well educated. Of course, a lot of them can afford pricey lawyers that will either get them probation or house arrest, or maybe even an acquittal.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 4:44 PM

Um... You did read the part about it being satire, didn't you Theresa? Sorry, maybe I should have filed this article under humour. But there is also news in it, so I was torn....

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 4:46 PM

My question is why our provincial government hasn't already been voted out. They were re-elected last spring, despite being massively unpopular. Hubby and I were upset because we weren't able to vote. We were only a few weeks shy of making our residency requirement; if the election had been held just a bit later we'd have had our say too.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 6:01 PM

We've actually been talking about returning to homeschooling for the fall, if the strike isn't resolved. The irony is that to homeschool you must register through the school district, and the resources (text books, computers, etc.) are supplied by them. If the teachers are still on strike the Homelinks centre that coordinates all of this will likely be closed.

Do remember the convicts teaching was part of a spoof, though. It's satire :)

LoudMan wrote on August 7, 2014, 9:53 PM

I say, let folks be all shocked by good satire and then, after it's been shared all over Facebook, someone finally realizes it's satire, all the better. :)

Ruby3881 wrote on August 7, 2014, 11:21 PM

If my article makes it to Facebook, I'll be quite happy. But the original spoof has already made the rounds there, which is how I came to read it in the first place :)

LoudMan wrote on August 7, 2014, 11:44 PM

So, you satirized satire?

chatombreux wrote on August 8, 2014, 12:01 AM

If it's anything like here, the incumbents' names were at the top of the ballot and people tend to vote for the names at the top of each category. It's sad, but it's true. They simply take the easiest route out of the voting booth.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 9, 2014, 10:48 AM

I haven't voted in a provincial election here yet, but I believe the standard practice in Canada is to have all the names on the ballot in alphabetical order. I think this was more a case of the incumbents also being the lesser of two or more evils. There are three major parties here. One is currently making a mess of the whole country at the federal level, and a second had made a huge mess of this province within recent memory. I suspect that third party was elected more than once, simply because they are the least objectionable of the group.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 9, 2014, 11:05 AM

That would be cheeky, wouldn't it? Nah, I don't think what I wrote was satire. I was just talking about the goings on - one of which was the spoof.

Rhymis wrote on August 10, 2014, 3:14 AM

Was there a subject on lock-picking and hacking? I wanna learn. LOLz ;)

Ruby3881 wrote on August 11, 2014, 10:21 PM

Yup, high maintenance is one way of putting it :P

Ruby3881 wrote on August 11, 2014, 10:22 PM

That might fall under metal shop and computing, respectively :P

k_mccormick2 wrote on January 1, 2015, 1:07 PM

I am not sure that this would be a good idea but it may give the children a different take on life inside and therefore may help them to make the right decisions and help them to stay out of prison. I am so glad that this was not needed and that eventually the children were able to start their school year.