Sunday, February 20, 2011
In a march with colleagues
It is an interesting time to be in Madison, WI, while the streets are filled with protesting teachers, families, and their students. Helicopters are swirling the area with cameras and shouts are arriving through walls and windows. The numbers are tremendous and the fight is a good cause. Unity maters.
Of course, there are two sides to every issue. America's unions are complicated and, at least for the auto industry, labor was moved overseas because it was too expensive to pay industrial employees...what unions advocated for. Are we heading to the same space for American educators? Unions protect the work teachers do, but do they also enable bad teachers to continue doing bad jobs in schools? Have teachers become to exspensive?
Very complicated question for a complicated period in history.
Everywhere is Cairo these days. Only time will tell.