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An Apology to my Students


Dear Spring 2014 Humanities Co-op:

As of tomorrow, I will no longer be legally allowed to send emails to you on the weekends so this is your last Sunday email from me.  I know that some of you will be very happy about that since it will mean that I can’t bug you about your overdue work!   And yes, I know I still owe you a pizza party for violating the rule you imposed on me about no emails after 6pm!

Speaking of eating, I’m very sorry to tell you this but those of you who regularly stay in class to eat your lunch are going to have to find another place to eat starting  this week. You will also have to bring lunches that don’t require a microwave. I have been ordered to not be in my classroom during lunch which means you can’t be there too to heat up your lunch or to eat.  Also, with the warm weather coming, it will be okay to store freezies in the fridge but you’ll have to remove them before lunch when I have to leave the premises.

I know that this time of the year is normally very stressful for you with exam preparation on your mind and I’m extremely sorry that this current labour dispute will likely add to that stress. Please remember to practice all that I’ve taught you this semester about stress management.  Some of you who feel shy about dancing with us in class during our brain breaks know that solo dance parties at home are excellent stress relievers!

Please, please don’t email me in the evenings or on weekends  when you are in distress as I will not be able to respond and that will be very upsetting.  Instead, practice your stream of consciousness journalling, breathing exercises and meditation as you’ve done in class.  If you are in a real panic, speak to a parent or a friend. If you’re alone, please call the Kids Help Phone.

I’m also so very sorry that your field trip on Friday was cancelled. I had been so relieved that we could go ahead with it when the regional dates for rotating strikes were announced because they would have been over on Friday, 30th,  the day of the field trip. But now that teachers have been partially locked out, the field trip is impossible.

It would have been so good for you  to practice civic engagement and have the chance to say what you’d like to see in the city of Surrey. You had a rare opportunity to actually practice one of the learning outcomes in your Civics curriculum! Young voices are seldom heard when politicians make decisions so it would have been unique to let the powers-that-be know what changes you would like to see.

If you check our classwork schedule, you’ll see that we’ll be looking at human rights this week and that will include our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You will find connections to our earlier study of workers’ rights. I know that many of you have been cognizant of those rights during your two work experiences. I got quite a few questions from some of you about whether some things your employers did were legal or not.

I hope that we can enjoy the last 16 days we have together.  The days will fly by and this stressful time will become just another memory among many you will have of your school days.  Soon you’ll be enjoying your summer holidays and planning for your graduation! Hopefully you won’t be as unlucky as this year’s grad class is…. hopefully when you graduate , I will be allowed to attend.

Until our last day together as a class on 17th June, let’s  remember our class theme of ubuntu:  I am because we are.