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Monday, December 16, 2002


Perhaps I've been unduly harsh to poor CFCN. Perhaps our public broadcaster can do better:

Learning Minister Lyle Oberg says adding a few minutes to a teacher's day would protect their jobs and maintain class sizes.

I'm going to have to say not, then. It seems if a Minister of the Crown says something, it's reported. Now, in this story, at least the more logical conclusion is drawn by one of the other interviewees:

Larry Booi, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, says increasing a teacher's workload is simply a way for the government to get by with less teachers.

Well, duh. But coming from a union representitive, it sounds like this is a counter-argument, rather than simply a logical conclusion. I beg of CBC, of CFCN, of whomever.... please explain the Minister's rationale, so others can crush it in wave after wave of inescapable logic (or not, as the case may be).

I think there's some possibility that this makes intuitive sense in Lyle Oberg's mind, so he felt it didn't require any further explanation. "Naturally," he thought, "classes are getting larger and teachers are at risk of losing their jobs. It's because teachers are lazy. Everyone knows that."

In the interests of full disclosure, I ran against Dr. Oberg in the last provincial election. Perhaps it's my own thinking that's clouded in envy. Yes, that's probably it.

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