On the Chicago teachers strike:
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed below are solely those of Nick Errico and do not reflect the opinions of MusicEducators or #education
I’ve been holding off on commenting on the matter because my view goes against most of my colleagues on #Education (of which I am an editor). I believe that the teachers are in the wrong for going on strike and they are hurting the students in the process. A great teacher would not make the children suffer at their expense. Do I think that the Chicago teachers are getting shafted? Of course, all city teachers in this god-forsaken country are getting shafted. Does that give them the right to break the law and strike? No. That’s like blackmail.
A reporter asked a representative about teacher evaluations. Yes, most methods of teacher evaluations aren’t good enough and teachers feel they’re getting short-changed. ”[You can’t judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree.]” (That’s a common argument regarding evaluations). But the reporter asked “What is the union proposing as a substitute?” The representative had no answer. So, you chose to break the law AND not do your job, and you have no solution to the issues. Great. The professors at my school were told to go on strike by their union. Most said “NO!” Why? Because they had a duty to their students. To go on strike, as a teacher, defeats the purpose of being a teacher. All it does it hurt the students. They should all be fired and replaced with teachers who have respect for their students.