I’m a teacher of languages and social studies (Spanish, French, Mi’kmaq Studies, African Canadian Studies) at a public high school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the local representative on the provincial executive of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. I’m also a member of Solidarity Halifax. Recently I also edited for the Halifax Media Co-op .
I like to write about education and other related topics like racism/anti-racism, labour, and Indigenous issues. I believe in robust public services, especially public education, and I think we have the capacity as a society to provide them. I’ve written articles for The Coast, the Chronicle-Herald, Briarpatch, the Dominion/Media Co-op, Aviso, VoicEd.ca, and the now-defunct Hour (Montreal).
My grandfather pronounced my last name in a way that sort of rhymed with “official”; however since my family moved to Moncton, New Brunswick in the 70’s the name has taken on the Jewish-Acadian pronunciation of “seashell.” En français on le prononce pour que ça rime avec “Michel.”
I have a M.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University focusing on anti-racist and Indigenous education. I also used to play in this band.
Find me on Twitter: @bsichel
Here are some pieces I wrote before I started this blog.
Here are some of my favourite websites on education, labour, and a few other things.