In its efforts to see more people involved in the practice of democracy, CCLET has developed a unique approach to engaging educators in teaching critical thinking about rights and freedoms for social justice. Using principles that inform the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, CCLET provides teachers and students with a basic structure of questions that are applicable to nearly any issues involving considerations of fairness.
Teachers: Let’s Talk Free Expression
The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University are collaborating on a project that will focus on freedom of expression for teachers in the K-12 public school systems. While those who teach in a university system are guaranteed academic freedom, there is no such guarantee for teachers of younger students. What are your views on this distinction? How should teachers’ expression be regulated, if at all? Have you had an experience where you, as a teacher, have been told not to speak, draw, perform, write, sing, dance, or protest?
We are interested in hearing from teachers and former teachers who may have experienced or had colleagues who experienced discipline or censure for their expression either in the classroom/school or outside of school and school hours. Incidents that involve lawful expression such as political speech, artistic expression, or expression critical of administration are of particular interest to us.
We would also like to hear from those who have experienced discipline under The Ontario Education Act section 264 (1) (c), regarding duties of a teacher.
If you would like to correspond by email, please contact CCLA’s Director of Education, Danielle McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 416-646-1405. All information will be kept confidential unless we receive consent to share information publicly.
CCLET in the Media
If you want to keep informed about controversies in schools and learning, or stay up-to-date on social justice and education issues, then you may want to have a look at these blog postings, op eds, speeches and articles by CCLET staff members. CCLET writes! Our Director of Education, Danielle McLaughlin, has published many articles […]
CCLET in the Community
Do you belong to a seniors’ group, an ESL class, a youth group, a social action committee, or other community group? Do you know what your rights are? Are you a newcomer to Canada who has been told that if you want to complain about things in this country you should return to your country of origin? […]
Workshops for Teachers and Teacher Candidates
How do democratic principles apply to the teaching profession? Through CCLET’s interactive workshops, teachers and teacher candidates are encouraged to examine conflicts and controversies for which there can be no perfect solutions – and to actively seek out views that differ from their own. How do we address divergent views on issues such as abortion, […]