It is a media lie that our Canadian teacher union movement only cares about our own wages and benefits! We have a strong social justice tradition of standing up for not only for ourselves, as highly trained and educated professionals, but also for the working families and communities whom we serve daily.
Teachers know best what tools, resources and conditions are needed to do the job right for the sake of our students, schools and profession. Remember, we actually serve in the education "trenches". It's not just for ourselves. Most of the improvements we seek are needed to help them out too!
The same cannot be credibly said by the self serving Neo Lib Corporate education "reformers".Their business profits are always the bottom line. Nor our unscrupulous Canadian government lackies and boot lickers. They have increasingly been only too happy to help facilitate the Corporate austerity agenda, providing them with their greedy business tax cuts and bailouts at all costs, just like in the U.S. of A.
We are all in this together ...
Canada is a diverse, multicultural country, where people come from around the world seeking the good life. We need to make sure we provide the educational opportunities needed for everybody to reach their potential. This is just Basic Social Justice 101! Without the proper resources and conditions, we Canadian teachers cannot help build a peaceful alternative to the exploitation and despair all around us, both within Canada and the world at large. Our students deserve no less, as they are the key to our future.
As teacher and education worker unionists we each need to support, share and help spread the CTF Belief Statement and Call to Action. Moreover, we need to be eternally vigilant. Our union affiliate's actions must increasingly speak even louder than words. We must continue to proactively fight to build and protect our education system, at the grass root level, for the common good within our own school communities, in the days, months and years ahead!
On Why We Need a Teacher Union @ There!
On Teacher Free Speech + Grass Root Renewal @ Here!