Mary Compton is Past President of the UK National Union of Teachers, the largest teacher union in Europe. She is a practicing classroom teacher of modern languages and English as well as a trade union activist. She is a prolific speaker and writer on issues affecting teachers, in particular on the need to fight back against the neo-liberal agenda for education, which is the subject of this volume.
Lois Weiner is an internationally known researcher on urban teacher education who teaches education at New Jersey City University. Her first book, Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools, won an award for distinguished scholarship from the American Educational Research Association. Her book of advice, Urban Teaching: The Essentials, is used in programs of teacher education throughout the US. Weiner is the author of dozens of articles on educational topics, in scholarly publications and magazines and newspapers.