The Future of The Teaching Profession. Dr. E. Calvin Fraser Secretary General Canadian Teachers’ Federation January 2013 . The Stakes: Two Extreme Considerations . Teachers As Technicians . Teachers As Professionals . Strong Union Leadership. Unions Disappear Altogether.
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Dr. E. Calvin Fraser
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
unions have led in building society and public education
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… because they are rarely invited to the table to discuss substantive policy issues with education decision makers, teachers’ organisations can only react after the fact to decisions that have already been made.
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Are we able to take charge of our own qualifications and expertise? Do our organizations even want to at this time?
Are we able to broaden the public discourse on public education?
Are we able to get the public onside?
Are we able to get commitment from our own members?