Teachers’ case for the defence
This chapter describes An Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta. A Teaching Council, which provides the backstory to the regulated-regulation of teaching that effectively undermines that earlier edu-political settlement. It demonstrates teachers' politicisation marked by the practical politics of campaigning, and there is substance for documentary research intertwined with school-based practitioner research activities on matters of immediate concern to teachers. The chapter focuses on the extant policy ideas amenable to critical policy analyses and includes the following: 1990 Irish National Teachers Organisation letter on the Teaching Council; 1994 Comhairle Múinteoireachta. A Teaching Council and Bruton's Action Plan for Education. It aims to engage the 'battle of ideas' and ground any confrontations with the Teaching Council, including rejections and revisions of aspects of Bruton's Action Plan for Education. This is the nub of teachers' 'case for the defence'. The chapter includes professional conversations about any number of important theories as they relate to the edu-politics in Ireland.