Just as B.C.s teachers were beginning to wonder if the bombing had stopped and they could peek out of their foxholes in search of reasoned détente, B.C.s right wing machine has unleashed its fury on Public Education and B.C.s teachers.
Yes, the same machine that for thirty years has crucified N.D.P governments with withering carpet-bombing has turned its guns on public education and teachers.
The Vancouver Sun publishes a six-page section lauding private schools. It looks like an advertising flyer, complete with testimonials and Fraser Institute data about the wonder of the private school experience.
C.K.N.W. kicks in daily on its talk shows, interviewing teachers who don’t support the B.C.T.F and people who insist that B.C. spends $500 more per student than other provinces on education, even though they know it not to be true.
Online anti education trolls, recently dormant, are re invigorated by the suddenly incendiary rhetoric of high profile anti teacher Tweeters.
The machine fills the air with vitriol. It’s inescapable.
Gone are any reasoned analyses. Gone is any broad view of the success and importance of public education or the professionalism of teachers.
A media that only reluctantly reported on disgraceful government bargaining behaviour had lazily regressed into a tedious ‘pox on both their houses” stance.
But that’s all over now. The machine calls, and predictably, they answer.The enemy is on its knees, time to move in and finish him off.
And as their prey lies wounded in the smoke, they compete to be the one seen to have delivered the coup de grace.
We’ve seen it so often in this province. Never underestimate the power of the right wing media machine in B.C.
But this time, the machine isn’t just helping to destroy politicians, it’s facilitating the destruction of a school system.