Canadian teachers heartened bypublic support to education and teaching profession

November 22, 2007

Ottawa – 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).

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Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-688-4300

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Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314, or cell 613-899-4247