A new semester begins next week and I find
myself feeling compelled to apologize to you. Despite our best efforts, we
teachers have failed to persuade the people who have the political power to
change our public education system, to do so. We can't seem to convince our
premier that an investment in your education is an investment that we will all
benefit from, an investment that would not cost us polluted water and toxic
So, until your education needs prevail over the
needs of foreign corporations, please accept this apology from me.
I'm sorry that you have to be at school so
early each morning despite neuroscience research indicating that teen brains do
not function optimally until 10 a.m.
I'm sorry that you have to ask my permission to
leave the classroom to pee even though you have a driver's licence and a
part-time job, and are making significant decisions about your post-secondary
life right now........