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Money Money Money

Hello Everyone,

Moving forward, I’m going to try really hard to update the blog every Monday (“Montessori Monday”). I hope to have interesting and illuminating content this year including:

  • the new BC curriculum and how it affects Montessori
  • Montessori materials posts
  • Interviews with teachers and administrators
  • book reviews
  • a history of Montessori at the VSB

But first… I want to talk straight about Money.

You have all received your PAC Welcome packages and been asked for $250 per child. You might be wondering:

  • why we ask for money at all?
  • why we ask Montessori parents for more money than traditional parents?
  • what we do with all that money?

I am going to break it down. Continue reading

Be the best parent you can be

One of our amazing teachers forwarded me this invitation to post.  It’s an opportunity to join a free online parenting event over the next 21 days.

Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals… but there are people out there who devote their lives to discovering better parenting techniques and practices based on scientific research and knowledge of child development.

And for the first time ever, 21 of these leading experts in child behavior, education, nutrition, sleep and child development (along with experts in Montessori parenting) are all gathering together Continue reading

Wear Red for Public Education

I will return with non-political Montessori posts soon, I promise.  But in the meantime… (Cross-posted with permission):


On Thursday, May 19, we encourage all citizens across BC to join us in wearing RED to mark the fact that, although the BC budget is in the black, public education is in the red.

Parent Advocacy Network and Families Against Cuts to Education
Respond to BC Budget 2016

Thursday, May 19, marks the end of the current Legislative session and the passing of the BC Liberal government’s balanced budget. Sadly, while BC may be in the black, public education is surely in the red. As part of a joint FACE-PAN campaign — #bcedinred — FACE has been tracking school district budget shortfalls. As of Wednesday, May 18, half of the 60 School Boards had reported operating budget shortfalls with a combined total of $84.17 million.

The BC public education system has seen a long history of adverse policies and chronic structural underfunding which has crippled the public system forcing school boards to cut programming, support staff, resource workers, counselors, specialist teachers, librarians, maintenance, resources and supplies while increasing class sizes and closing schools.

The 2016/17 BC budget indicates that we live in a province of relative prosperity. Unfortunately, public education is not being funded accordingly, much to the detriment of our future society. PAN and FACE believe that a high-quality public education system is the cornerstone of a democratic society. We cannot condone a budget that is balanced on the backs of children in public schools. On Thursday, May 19, we encourage all citizens across BC to join us in wearing RED to mark the fact that, although the BC budget is in the black, public education is in the red.

To read the full statement click here.

 

Advocacy : VSB Proposed Budget

  
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We interrupt the usual content on his blog to encourage you to advocate.  Now.  Today.  The VSB proposed budget is out and they have had to make impossible decisions to balance the budget in the wake of chronic and long term underfunding by the BC government.  Larger class sizes?  Check!  Fewer resources to support special needs kids?  Check! Closing schools?  Check!  

Are the special programs like Montessori, Arts, and French cut?  Not yet – but if the proposed cuts are made and nothing changes what will be left to cut next time around?

There will be opportunities for public input on the budget but those sessions won’t magically fund the school board.  

More info: Vancouver Sun 

What can you do?  Care!  Advocate.  Write your MLA.  NOW.  It’s so easy – here’s a tool that basically does it for you.  Will it work?  Who knows but don’t we need to try?