Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
Honourable Christy Clark,
In 1982 I left Czechoslovakia after many years of struggling to bring in a government that would honour the desire of people for a political system that would be based on basic democratic principles that would applied to all people. When I came to Canada as a stateless personnel I thought that my struggle for a better political system would end. I believed that the Western democracy is the extension of people democratic will.
I attended various Canadian universities and was able to study subjects I was unable to study in my home country. I acquired a Bachelor of Education and two Master degrees. I became a teacher and in 2001 moved to British Columbia. During my teaching career I worked mostly at First Nation schools and finally I got a teaching position as a TTOC in the public school system.
Being a teacher, I saw my role as a promoter of democracy, social justice and free education for all.
I believe that the role of the teacher is to spark in our students the desire to be the future leaders and promoters of democracy, social justice and a political system that is open to all and that promotes the ideal of human society. Now when comparing both systems, the one I lived before and the one I live in now, I see some similarities between both. The main similarity is the struggle of both political systems to control the teachers' independence and professionalism and the public education. There is one more aspect in British Columbia that is louring in: the possibility of slow privatization of public education and the opportunity that not only the politicians would control the public education, but the private corporations would be the major driving force deciding the faith of public education.
Therefore, I am back standing strong against the notion of your government’s intentions to control the independence of public education. Its slow starvation due to your financial decisions may lead to its partial or complete privatization. Unfortunately, in the end the struggle for a better and socially just society never ends. I strongly believe that we need a free independent public education for all, because only this kind of education would give all students the opportunity to grow to become new political leaders, community leaders, social justice activists and valuable members of our global society. I believe that only free and fully funded public education would erase the social and educational differences between those who can or cannot afford the same standard education for all.
I hope that at the end you would realize that fully funded and independent public education is in the best interests of British Columbians.
Richard Pesik, Port Alberni