The Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) is calling on the Alberta government to ask reporters to follow the recommendations of the Canadian Psychological Association when reporting on provincial exam results.
Teachers demanding that the government tell journalists how to do their jobs, is damaging to teachers’ professionalism since it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its protection of a free press.
But there's something else at play.
Alberta test results are tumbling. Across the province, they're sinking like a stone.
Here's what I think is happening: Provincial achievement tests for grade 6 math are coming up. Anticipating bad results, the teachers union is already looking for excuses.
And I would not be surprised if the freedom-hating NDP obliged.
But what can we expect from a union that paid David Suzuki, a man who once called for the jailing of those who disagreed with him, somewhere between $30K and $50K to speak to them at their convention?
Maybe the teachers union would benefit from having an economist rather than a fake scientist speak at their conventions.