Sir Ken Robinson has said countless times that "schools kill creativity."
Alberta's Minister of Education Dave Hancock said recently "the current [Alberta] School Act is out of step with today's reality."
The purpose of this post is not to question whether Minister Hancock or Sir Ken Robinson are right or wrong (for the record, I think they are both right).
Rather, the purpose of this post is to ask:
If Minister Hancock or Sir Ken Robinson were teachers and they continued to make this kind of publicly critical commentary related to education and education policy, could their comments be interpreted as undermining confidence in the teaching profession and therefore in breech of the Alberta Teachers Code of Conduct?
Could it be argued their statements are critical of teachers and ultimately not upholding the noble profession of teaching? Are Minister Hancock and Sir Ken Robinson undermining the confidence of the teaching profession?
What if a teacher were to question and challenge school? What if a teacher openly and actively engaged in a dialogue around rethinking school? Would that teacher be undermining their colleagues? Would that teacher be in breach of their fidelity to their employer?
Needless to say, these questions and their corresponding answers carry enormous ramifications for educators who choose to speak up and lobby for change.