Monday, January 14, 2013

Teachers' Unions are Obsolete

Published in the Globe and Mail
January 14, 2013

Re: Teachers’ Unions Are Obsolete (Focus – Jan. 12): Virtually all of the high performing countries on international assessments (Japan, South Korea, Finland, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand) have strong teacher unions, while others (e.g. Singapore) have very favourable salaries and working conditions for teachers. Countries with weak teacher unions and poor working conditions (e.g. the U.S.) have lower achievement levels. There is no evidence that strong teacher unions are inconsistent with high quality education.

  • Ruth Baumann, Chair, Curriculum Council for the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Ron Canuel, CEO, Canadian Education Association
  • Gerry Connelly, Co-Director, Education Sustainability Development Academy, York University
  • Michael Fullan, Special Policy Adviser in Education to the Premier of OntarioJ
  • Jane Gaskell, Professor and former Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Joan Green, Former Director of Education, Founding CEO of EQAO, International Consultant on Public Policy and Performance
  • Kathleen Gallagher, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Avis Glaze, President, Edu-quest International
  • Sue Herbert, former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education
  • Bill Hogarth, retired Director of Education, Education Consultant
  • Ken Leithwood, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Karen Mundy, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education


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