21 Pages

Co-authors’ introduction

Ireland as a prima facie case
ByJohn Carr, Lori Beckett

The status of teachers, marked by their professional practice as well as the campaigns waged by teachers' unions, is under threat. They are confronted by demands for the standardisation of teaching, performances from teachers and students and tight accountability. The memory of different battles for teacher status and remembering Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) history seems apt given the global push for regulated professionalism, which is a more adequate description of what is happening to teachers in Ireland. Of necessity, in view of teachers' disquiet, resistances, protests and challenges to aspects of Bruton's Action Plan for Education, it is envisaged that this would be to inform INTO policy debates about national schools harnessed to the future of Ireland. Carr and Beckett publicly promoted the potential of Glyde Court as an intellectual home with conference and residential facilities for teachers and academic partners. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.