QUOTE: "...Life is completely random. None of us can truly control our fate, and those who think they can are always the biggest losers. The secret to having a long and happy life is to be prepared for anything and to be willing to roll with it...The most important thing, though, is to act. The moment you hesitate, someone else will make your decision for you, and that never works out." The Princeling Of Nanjing Ian Hamilton 2016
my version: Choose your ideas carefully, for if you don't, they will choose you...and not very credible ones at that.
1) Readers of this blog would believe that I am a rabble rouser which is not the case. I prefer a life 'in the woodwork' leaving it to others - some not well suited to the task - to be the leader of other men and women. I figure most of us have enough on our plate without trying to solve the problems of others. Nonetheless, it is a tribute to those who volunteer their time and energy to that end.
2) A friend visiting from B.C. to Ottawa had this opinion when we went cycling together: 'You prefer the country trails. Not me, I like the activity of the Byward Market'.
3) 'He's just plain average' opined my elementary school teacher mother as I paled against my older sister's (D. 2001) 142 I.Q.
4) Some people have described me as intelligent. A top 'sociopathic' sales manager told me, "I don't understand you. You're intelligent but I don't know where to place you." (If I had had the talent, my forté would have been to be a cartoonist in which I trained). The Superintendent of Schools said, "I don't know what you do in the classroom but you have all the parents (in the 'richest' community in Canada as the West Vancouver School Board once advertised themselves) up in the air." 'They never complain to me'. "That's because they are all afraid of you." Common student complaint: 'It's not him; it is his ideas'. Teacher colleague observation: "You're very good at finding things out." Wife (of 42 years): "You're a good husband, but STUBBORN and another time, "I don't mean it unkindly, dear, but you do think differently from other people." When the Union lawyer in arbitration commented that I was intelligent, I responded; "Then tell me how I got into this mess". Good Question.
5) The difference between West Vancouver and West Point Grey in Vancouver where I was born and raised? If we had a favourite fishing hole, we told no-one, while in West Vancouver, they told only their best friends. Didn't we have friends in West Point Grey? Heavens no, we had far too many problems of family to ever worry about whom our friends might be.
6) While not having any advanced degrees other than a High School Teachers qualification, I have - if numbers of courses taken mainly in the Social Sciences - about 14 years total of University courses placing me in the top 2% of teachers with that type of background.
7) There are others more intelligent by far. What I am is a 'reader' like my father before me and my older son after me whom were both school drop-outs. My father was noted for his acumen in his business letters and could write on a University level while my older son can keep up with any High School History teacher (my discipline). Both are self-made businessmen with my older son doing financially better than his younger brother with three University degrees (does well also).
8) We all recognize flabby physical muscles but it takes a reader to recognize flabby mental muscles. The key is to be constantly reading. A reader a) knows which question to ask b) to whom it should be directed and c) actually asking it...Nike's 'Just do it'. Sales people are the most proficient in that enterprise.
9) As a child, while others were playing, I was earning money mowing lawns, followed by a newspaper route, and then typing invoices for my father's small industrial wholesale where I went on to learn all aspects of running a small industrial company. I was RELIABLE ...to a fault by today's standards, but greatly respected by adults. Like our hero, Adam, of Melodrama fame (where I once acted), I was considered honest, hard working but gauche leaving managers to work around me.
10) If one is ever to go up against 'the Old Boy's Club' as I have in my epic battle with the Canadian Judicial System, one must be STUBBORN like them for battles are won mainly through attrition; that is, who is left on the battlefield. In 2015, I wrote about 'the bee hive' taken from an academic writer. Like African bees, the Legal Fraternity swarm inside of 2 seconds to any threat to their Order...sting and sting alike. But like any bees, they are powerless against the tiny mites which steal in on their backs and create colony bee disorder. That is what has happened with the Employee's Case and I am not sure anyone has gathered the significance of the collapse of the Canadian Judiciary in that regard. In the U.S., Donald Trump rails against bureaucratic idiocy and political correctness. In Canada, that task has, surprisingly, fallen to me.
Character of a Happy Life
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought
And simple truth his utmost skill!
This man is free from servile bands
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall;
Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, he hath all.
The Walking Drum Louis L'Amour 'Lie to a liar, for lies are his coin/ Steal from a thief for that is easy/Lay a trap for the trickster and catch him at the first attempt,/But beware of an honest man.'
True Justice Robert K. Tanenbaum
'Well, basically, the system, not just this office, but every prosecutorial organization, is essentially corrupt. It's so easy to pass laws, politicians love to pass laws...we're so overloaded that we can't actually do what we're supposed to do. So we perform an imitation of justice...because moving the system along becomes the prime value, not making sure that the laws are carried out. Get it?...and the corruption you get from power is an order of magnitude more serious than the kind you get from what I was talking about, the necessity for pretense. Because it's personal...They don't teach this in law school, do they?'
'No...So gradually things will improve?'
'No', said Karp sourly. 'Things will get worse. But we'll fight it all the way down'
As 'Current Demonstrated Ability' is a term undefined in the B.C. School Statute or in law in general, I offer the following two interpretations of the concept. Black Roger
Well Done! Principal John Williams, Well Done!
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to those who are
departing, or in this case, to one of those dearly departed who retired in
Let it be remembered that while all around our John the ship of state (Parliament/Judiciary/Unions/ School Board) was headed for Davy Jones' locker due to a torpedo from the Employee's Case (Canada), stalwart John kept his head and sailed blithely into an unruffled retirement. 'Never has so much been done by so many for so few and with such little return!' gasped his admirers. As one witness to your prowess, I'm particularly mindful of your earth-shattering response in arbitration to your attorney's question; 'If you don't speak a word of French, how can you evaluate a French lesson?' 'No problem,' you orated, 'I know, for example, if a lesson in the intransitive verb, is well taught or not.' '...Er...so the instructions are in English?' pursued the attorney. 'Not at all', you quipped, leaving your audience awestruck! What a man! What a brain! But then, even you outdid yourself when you produced not ONE but TWO evaluations of the same event on one teacher - one negative and one positive thereby permitting the powers that be to make the appropriate choice. 'How creative in pulling that job', everyone marvelled! Such brilliant planning as yours deserves to be rewarded...and was.
(This apparent fraud was what I forewarned the Education Ministry was in the making and why they could not follow the traditional route of ridding themselves of a whistleblower through so-called incompetence charges as happened to senior teacher Ken Raison in 1978 under Principal Carter as detailed elsewhere in this web site.) So, at this barbecue time of year when I am outside burning my steaks to a crisp (ha,ha), I will think of you...well done!
Current Demonstrated Ability
When a former student, John Patton, requested a reference for University; on a whim, I suggested that he could send me one too. I didn't expect to hear back. He did respond and here is what he wrote in what many consider to be a writing style superior to many teachers:
I am a Grade 12 student at Hillside Secondary School where I have known Mr. Callow for four years as a Social Studies teacher and debating coach. I was in his Social Studies 8, History 10, and Geography 11 classes.
I would look forward to Mr. Callow's classes as I enjoyed his lectures and found his essay assignments challenging and interesting. Mr. Callow's style was unique because he emphasized the importance of interpretation and analysis of materials as opposed to simple, rote memorization. The many essays I was asked to write for him each term gave me a valuable opportunity to practice and improve my writing ability. There are few teachers willing, as Mr. Callow was, to assign and mark frequent written assignments. He was also very well organized, his classroom was neat, and his students were well disciplined. In this way he provided all his students with a sound environment for learning. He covered the course materials thoroughly so that by the end of each semester I found myself exceptionally well prepared for the final examination.
Mr. Callow sponsored and coached the Hillside School Debating Club of which I was an active member. He was very dedicated in this capacity and worked with us lunch hours and after school many days a week, helping us to practice and prepare for upcoming debates. His efforts were rewarded since Hillside teams usually placed very well.
Both inside the classroom and outside, I found Mr. Callow to be a teacher who cared about his work and was always willing to help people who were willing to help themselves.