TITLE

NEA, Overseas Unions Share Similar Concerns

AUTHOR(S)
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Education Week;6/4/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 39, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on a symposium based on various issues related to education, held in Washington D.C. in May 2003. The symposium was sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA). Growing teacher workloads, inadequate salaries, student-discipline problems, increasing government mandates, and efforts to privatize education are impeding high-quality public schooling throughout much of the industrialized world, contended educators from the U.S. and abroad at the symposium. The four-day symposium was convened by the NEA to encourage a sharing of ideas and strategies among nations facing related education issues, according to Joanne E. Eide, the manager of the NEA office of international relations. Many of the participants spoke of frustration among their members over government policies that guide curriculum and require widespread testing of students, but that do not provide the resources and salary increases they believe should accompany the mandates. In the Great Britain, many teachers are under enormous pressure to raise student achievement while facing greater strictures over what and how they teach, said Martin Reed, a teacher in a secondary school in northern England. In several countries, unions are increasing their roles in providing professional development to help teachers deal with academic and classroom-management issues.
ACCESSION #
9971141

 

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