I’ve been a teacher for thirty-six years. Three times I have taken a ‘intent to strike’ vote. Today was my third. We took our vote, hoping that this vote would send a strong message. Thirty-four students in kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms is wrong on way too many levels. Our students deserve the best that we can give them and it seems virtually impossible to give them the attention that they need in this present environment. We are told that we expect too much, that we refuse to compromise and cooperate. We are told that we are not being fiscally responsible to the taxpayer. We are told that we don’t understand the economics of situation.
However, we do understand that children deserve the best from us, we do understand that they need well qualified and passionate teachers to deliver superior instruction throughout their entire school career.
And we understand that our children are the hope of this broken world.
Yes, I am a union girl. My grandfather was in the brick laying union in the early 1900’s. He was also an immigrant who proudly became a United States citizen. My father went to college on the G.I. bill. I’m proud to say he was the organizer of a pension fund at the engineering firm he worked at in Chicago.
Today there are whispers in my head from my grandpa and from my dad.
They say to me….stand together and don’t stand alone; that is what your stock is made of.
I love this song by Nickelback.