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Here’s an interesting New York Times OP ED by documentary filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz:
THE Chicago teachers’ strike, which appears to be winding down, may be seminal, but for reasons that are not necessarily apparent. It came as a surprise. In July, the city had agreed to hire more teachers to accommodate a longer school day. Last Sunday, the city agreed to a substantial pay raise. The following day, teachers walked off their jobs for the first time since 1987. The union’s president, Karen Lewis, complained at a news conference about the lack of air-conditioning in schools and the new teacher evaluation system, which seemed rather flimsy reasons for some 26,000 teachers to abandon their (more…)
Most of us see the news through filters that let us see what we want to see. This is a time that Unions are under attack and we all know how underpaid and under appreciated our public school teachers are. So when I saw the troubling footage of picket lines that had closed down Chicago’s schools I naturally sided with the teachers. But, today’s New York Times editorial raises questions that demand a second look from all of us. (more…)