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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The Future of The Teaching Profession
Dr. E. Calvin Fraser
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
The Stakes:Two Extreme Considerations
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The future of teaching may depend on our answers
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?