May 8th, 2002

reeciebastion

Rotten siblings...

Faya just woke me up and asked me to drive her to school. Apparently she dawdled so much this morning that Mum left without her. So I had to drive her to school.
It's nine AM.
Horrible child.
And now I can't get back to sleep.

Kimry gave me this enormous box of stuff that was meant to be a care package, but never got sent - it's got a monkey pillow, and candied mangoes, and juice berries (yum!), and window writers (which are really cool, and we all agree were really not made for kids, but rather bored college students... ;). She also got me a *coughhermionedollcoughcough*, and the garden gnome - we keep picking it up and saying: "Look! It's the Prime Minister of Australia!" ;) - so I put it on my computer, hoping that the two great evil forces might counteract each other.
Have many pretty things other than these. Kimry rocks. :D

Moved my room around - seems that the room is actually twice the size it seemed to be previously. Need to unpack. Really really really need to unpack.
Need to buy new bookshelves. Or something. I already gave away a whole stack of clothes I haven't even looked at in a year. Then I went out and bought some new ones. Damn, but I missed thrift stores. :)

Breakfast time.

Ooh! Finally going to see Spidey tonight! :D
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reeciebastion

Shoe number one...

Someone tell me why I can't just run him over with my car. Quick. Give me reasons.

Our esteemed Premier has now succeeded in screwing over children, seniors, and of course (and you know we were all waiting) the BC teacher's union. And high school students.

They've just cut large chunks of cash from the school district budgets, and simeltaneously informed the district admins that they have to supplement the promised salary raises from their own budgets. Previously, the provincial government promised to subsidize the pay raise. Instead, the Liberals have decided to refuse the majority of the subsidy, saying instead that the districts must find money for it themselves, to pay the teachers. I wonder where they *think* public schools get their money *from*?

This action has had many direct results - the first and most important of which is that nearly every elementary and secondary school in (at least)the Lower Mainland will be losing about eight permanent teaching positions. Meaning they'll be laying off (or "transferring") the people currently filling those positions.

The indirect result of this (the part that has my feathers rustled in a rather more personal way) is that most public schools that take part in the AP program (that's Advanced Placement for those not in the know - it's a program run out of Princeton that allows students to do enriched English, Math and Science courses up to grade twelve, and in grade twelve to take University-level courses, some for first-year credit) are now cutting it, because they can no longer afford it.

The provincial government has, as far as I'm concerned, just committed intellectual suicide for the next three or so generations.

I mean, why not? They've already thrown eighty-year-olds out of retirement homes, cut provincial pension down to almost-nothing, made it virtually impossible for elementary schools to have textbooks, fired nearly a third of its *own* staff, and closed a good quarter of the hospitals and courthouses in southern BC - why stop short of removing one of the only support structures that exist for shy and gifted school kids? Let's just throw them back to the wolves like we did ten years ago. I mean, kids are cruel, right? Boys will be boys, girls will be girls? Right. Who needs this pantywaist "Enriched" program, anyway? Let's just keep all public education at one mundane, mediocre level and all but actively discourage individual thinking and advanced learning. Who needs prodigies and writers and scientists and gifted engineers? Not BC, apparently. And forget all those anti-racism and anti-violence campaigns that we've just recently gotten into full swing (and that I spent THREE FUCKING YEARS helping to set up, beating it into teenagers' heads that it's *not* okay to say whatever you please without thinking once). We don't need those, right?

Gods. We might just as well have elected the Alliance. At least they were all talk and bluster.

He's a fucking Nazi, but without the good intentions, and not as socially conscious. So will somebody tell me why I can't just run the guy over with my car?

*FUME*
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reeciebastion

Addendum

...not that Nazis have good intentions. It's just that they're bonkers so they think they do.

No, there is *no* qualifying statement.

*revs engine*
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