“Teachers are trying to take over the schools!” – Teachers, media, public opinion, and their influence on education policy
Taken from my own doctoral research in B.C., this session explores how teachers can impact educational policy through their influence on public opinion. During the almost decade and a half conflict over the 2002 Public Education Flexibility and Choice Act, teachers in British Columbia employed a variety of strategies to mobilize public opinion against the legislation. Based on a combination of in-depth interviews, document analysis, and an examination of media coverage, this session will assess the different strategies used by teachers to influence public opinion, offer an appraisal of their situational effectiveness, and chart a course forward as to how teachers can assert greater control over education policy.
PhD candidate and Canada Graduate Scholar in educational policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and a teacher in the Toronto District School Board
What is the Future of the Teaching Profession?
Is teaching held in the same regard as other professions like medicine and law? Why not? This session explores the historical origins of the teaching profession in Ontario, its evolution to the present day, and charts a course forward. It argues that we teachers need to assert ourselves and take greater ownership over educational policy and professional learning.