Canadian teachers heartened by public support to education and teaching profession



    OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - (CTF News Service) The Federation
representing over 220,000 teachers across Canada says the study released today
on public education serves as yet another reminder to provincial and
territorial governments that Canadians believe more should be invested in our
public education system.
    The national study, entitled "Public Education in Canada: Facts, Trends
and Attitudes", was commissioned by the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
    According to Emily Noble, president of the Canadian Teachers' Federation
(CTF), the results of this recent study corroborates the findings of the
Federation's own public opinion polls in recent years.
    "Canadians believe in a strong public education system, explains Noble.
"We were heartened to read that 72 per cent of those surveyed wanted
additional financial resources directed to our publicly funded schools. The
CEA data further shows that Canadians are at least 10 per cent more likely to
say they are willing to pay more taxes for education today than in 1984 - some
22 years ago. In our view, this willingness to pay more taxes to support
public education flies in the face of political platforms which promise tax
relief," explains Noble.
    "When it comes to student assessment, the CEA report shows a clear
majority of Canadians (60 per cent) believing that teacher assessments should
be the source of high school grades. This finding is in line with the results
of our "National Issues in Education" polls conducted for CTF since 2002 by
Vector Research & Development Inc.
    "What we need now is to move beyond opinion polls and studies to actual
commitment and actions on the part of territorial and provincial governments,
she says. Public education is a public good for the whole of society and this
belief should be reflected in the allocation and collection of resources to
sustain it.
    "CTF is also pleased with the report's findings showing that 70 per cent
of Canadians surveyed agree that teachers are doing a good job," says Noble.
    "Teachers work hard to maintain trust and respect. They value
relationships with communities, especially parents. Studies have shown the
ripple effect of these positive relationships which create better learning
conditions for students.
    "Thanks to our teachers, Canada's public education system is among the
best in the world," Noble concludes.
    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an
Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of
the international body of teachers, Education International
(http://www.ei-ie.org).




For further information:

For further information: Francine Filion, Director of Communications,
(613) 688-4314, cell.: (613) 899-4247; Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President,
(613) 232-1505


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