by an anonymous reader
I read your blog regularly and yes, I am one of the ‘fortunate’ students to resume class this Monday. At surface, this seems like an excellent idea with prioritizing education quality and integrity.
However, nobody seems to think what kind of gain could it possibly achieve ?
Since all Schulich students and Atkinson students require York courses to graduate / advance to next year – these students cannot either advance to next year OR even graduate. At the end of the day, the other 45,000 students will finish at the exact same time as the 5,000 resuming students. Our Winter term is not even guaranteed at this point. Senate only approved motion for continuation of Fall semester but not the Winter semester.
So why, really, what is the point of resuming class now?
One answer: Strategic ploy. York University obviously want to provoke the remaining 45,000 students and their parents that school has started for the other remaining 5,000 students because they have little reliance on CUPE 3903 instructors / TAs. Obviously now, they have seen the kind of reaction they are expecting: Angry students demanding equality and thus pressure both the government and the union to do something about it. If forced ratification was their only bullet, then this should be the last punch that could be thrown to the union.
It’s sad however that resuming 5K students to class will have repercussion to students such as:
1. The first implication is that: Obviously, there would be plenty of students who decided not to resume class. I am predicting 5%-10% at the moment for Schulich and even greater for Atkinson. This will force University to provide accomodation and arrangement. This will result in additional cost in hiring lecturers / accomodating two different sections now.
2. The senate can easily say that they will do whatever it takes to ensure students who don’t go to class will be protected. At the end of the day, uninformed student will decide not go to class? will that student be screwed? most certainly. Now, lets say
Schulich Fall Term – End in February
Schulich Winter Term – Start in March
Scenario 1: Strike ends in – March
Scenario 2: Strike ends in – mid February
Scenario 1: Then what is going to happen exactly to student who have not even finish their Fall term in Winter?. I cant imagine Schulich School and Atkinson now has to run in double sections for each classes.
Scenario 2: This is even going to be worse since that instructors might not be available to teach the new group of students who just returned to class after strike. What is going to happen to our timetable? (unless Schulich/Atkinson hire new instructors, they cant teach two courses at the same time). Organizing time table will be atotal nightmare.
So as you can see, having students to resume class at this point only creates nothing but unneccessary additional cost and burden. For students, there is no real advantage to return to class at this point. So who really gain at this point? you tell me.