If you do, you might want to go and add your vote to this poll: Why aren’t teachers represented on the Teachers Council?
Because as it stands, the only voices on there are hand-picked by the Minister.
The poll asks:
Do teacher members have to continue to put up with the various weird aggregations put together by the minister as somehow representing them, when they paid membership fees, and participated democratically, to be represented very differently?
The poll goes on to point out, quite rightly:
Everyone knows that the real purpose of the Teachers Council (whatever its current appellation or stage of development) is to bring in school and classroom measures that will be another controlling bureaucratic layer encompassing burdensome appraisals focusing on national standards and decisions about teacher competency
You have to have a voice.
Because, to be honest, if we as a profession don’t show that we want, expect and demand to have true representation on our own professional body, we can do nothing more than hang our heads in shame when our rights are eroded, more poorly-thought-out reforms are implemented, and any old person can rack on up and ‘teach’ our students.
Doing nothing is as good as saying what is happening to our schools, students and teachers is good enough.
As the poll states:
Many principals and teachers, having stood up bravely against national standards in their implementation, will be dismayed to see them introduced in a circuitous way through the Teachers Council; doubly offensive in being an organisation in their name – and which they fund.
Enough is enough.