In her first message as CTF President, Heather
Smith explains how teachers can make well-informed decisions as they head to
the polls on Oct. 19. That is why CTF has invited all major parties to each
contribute an article to this special issue of Perspectives.
At time of publishing the special issue, CTF had
yet to receive an article from the Conservative Party of Canada.
Every school morning, thousands of teachers and education support workers across Canada head into the classroom, hoping to give kids the best education they can.
As teachers and early childhood educators prepare
their classrooms for the upcoming school year, we are reminded now more than
ever that learning professionals play a critical role in our children’s
development and in shaping the future of our country.
Teachers are usually the first to know. A hungry child
that can’t focus on their lesson plan. A student struggling with depression,
falling through the cracks in our mental health care system. Teachers know that
poverty and mental illness are powerful forces in Canadian life because they
see their effects in the classroom every day.
out where federal political parties stand with respect to proposals put forth
by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for child and youth mental health and
child poverty. Visit this site often as it will be updated when political leaders
make policy announcements tied to these two issues.
We know teachers lead busy lives especially at the beginning of the school year. Find out how you can become involved in
raising your teacher voice in this federal election, whether you have a minute or an hour. Check out this site with tools and ideas.