Delegates at the NUT's National Education Conference at Stoke Rochford Hall discussed a whole range of pressures facing teachers and education.
The last session heard from a speaker from the National Education Association of America explain how teachers in the US were facing the same attacks of merit pay, blaming and sacking teachers and privatisation through 'Charter Schools'. To the surprise of some who may still have cherished illusions in the US President, these attacks were being led by the Obama administration.
The speaker summed up his remarks by saying that "the future of public education in the world depends on teacher unions standing up". That's the responsibility that we have on our shoulders - and one that we have to live up to.
For more on the battle to defend public education in the US, read the article posted at http://www.socialismtoday.org/139/education.html