Chicago Teacher’s Strike


Critics trumpet that a teacher strike in Chicago is bad for kids. Critics do this after consistently demeaning the skills of our teachers, moaning about our failing educational systems, advocating lock step test-driven curriculums, standards, and on task on time rules that deny teachers the proper use of their professional skills. Critics are now even going so far as to blame our failing society on the educational system instead of correctly blaming our educational problems on a failing society.

Now after trashing the teaching profession for over 10 years under the NCLB and advocating cuts in teacher’s pay and benefits everyone wonders cluelessly how and why teachers would strike and “harm the children”.
Teacher’s psyches run on affirmation, teachers know that when students receive no honest and earned affirmation they give you little in return. When we withhold affirmation and deny the professionalism of our great teachers,or any employee for that matter,  and treat them  solely as hourly employees can we expect that they will not act as hourly employees as well?
As to the strike in Chicago is it possible that the tipping point has been reached and teacher’s in Chicago ravaged by the press, the public, and the government over the past 10 years no longer care what  anyone thinks. I hope this is not true  but it seems to be a possibility and if it is true and trend-setting  then we need not ask for “whom the bell tolls,”  for it is tolling for our public schools.

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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4 Responses to Chicago Teacher’s Strike

  1. LWP Elle says:

    “Critics are now even going so far as to blame our failing society on the educational system instead of correctly blaming our educational problems on a failing society”. That is a truly profound statement that goes to the real root of the problem. Thank you for this excellent post.

  2. thelastgasp1 says:

    Thanks for the insight. With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation and I thought the strike was about money.

    • safrisri says:

      Oh its about money, there is no question about that, but Chicago is an outlier salary wise… to Trumpet their average salary nationwide is misleading I would guess that the average salary nationwide is somewhere just shy of 50,000 a year which is not that far off what a unionized factory worker makes.

  3. Mary Hanson says:

    Our society as a whole does not truly care much about children. Our society cares the most about money. Lip-service is paid to kids, but the bottom line is really all about money.

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