Today, there is universal arm chair social media outrage over Rep. McDugle’s video post. I watched it – what was so unreasonable? Please advise.
It is concerning to me that nobody is questioning the teachers, in the land of supposed conservatism. They are a special interest, like any other group lobbying at the capitol. I’m not writing this to be edgy; i’m genuinely puzzled that there seems to be no questioning the teachers demands.
If at the outset, the teachers had come together and said, okay, this is how much we need to educate your kids, that would be a start and we could negotiate from there. But they didn’t, to my knowledge. Therefore, the discontent could be perpetual. As I pointed out in my last article, what dollar figure would magically make everything better?
No matter what the legislature budgets, the teachers can always demand more (as they have already) because they are in an ideal position to do so. Also, we’re under republican leadership and it’s always fun to kick sand in the eyes of republicans, right? If the democrat party was the majority party, there is no way that the strike would be permitted to happen.
A few photos of some tattered textbooks on social media is enough to convince everyone that the school system is physically deteriorating before our eyes. Is it realistic?
Posts and interviews to this effect are calculated to receive an emotional response. Give us what we want. We want more.
A $5-10,000 pay raise, and increased classroom funding. Not enough!
For nine days, schools in West Virginia were shut down due to similar demands, and because the state government allowed it to happen. This emboldened the teacher movement in our own state. Honestly, why is the state permitting this? Sure, it was fun to let the teachers have their day where they made cute signs and had their picket line, but anything more than two days is absurd.
I hope it does not happen, but what will we do five years down the road when this is forgotten and teachers decide again that it’s not enough? We’ll give in, we’ll raise taxes, anything for the teachers. Teaching, a nine month job with Christmas and Spring breaks, will become the most lucrative job in the state…