For any union member who is asking themselves whether or not they should support Chicago teachers, it’s time to make a large bag of popcorn and settle down to watch a few movies, The Grapes of Wrath, The Molly Maquires, Norma Rae, Matewan, Newsies, and North Country to name a few.
Every fifth grade Social Studies book tells of the struggle of the common worker for fair wages and humane working conditions. History tells of the united force of the worker coming together to demand that management and owners respect the rights of the Americans working for them.
Have we become so complacent, so docile, in our everyday lives that we have lost the ability to stand for what is right?
Chicago teachers are striking for a multitude of reasons, most of which concern better learning conditions for children, but teachers want better working conditions and better pay as well. What is wrong with that? Teachers have always been among the lowest paid professionals because they are dedicated to teaching children and rarely refuse to start each new school year regardless of the conditions under which they are asked to work.
Year after year teachers arrange and rearrange classrooms, work and rework lessons, assign and reassign work, teach and reteach concepts in the little time they’re given between pretesting, testing, and post-testing, benchmark testing, and now, since testing companies want to use our children as “test dummies” students are asked to take tests that will help create tests.
“BB” has certainly done a good job in pacifying Americans. We’re lackadaisical about who we choose to lead our country and so are uninformed about where we are heading as a people.
With all of this, the question remains, “Should every union member in the country support the Chicago Teachers?”
They are fighting for the right of our children to be properly educated.
They are fighting for the right of our children to be free thinkers, not factory workers.
They are fighting for the future of America!
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!