A morning on the CTU Picket lines
By Bob George. September 18, 2012
I had the privilege of spending the morning on the picket lines with CTU teachers and the parents and students who support them.
The sense of community I experienced is palpable. Teachers had learned what it means to struggle together for the common good. They have developed trust and increased the respect for each other and for the parents and community they serve. The parents and students were there with the strikers every day on the line. They showed their support tangibly by providing a hot home cooked meal each day.
Today all present were deeply involved in the discussion of the merits of the tentative contract, the issues were about the quality of the teaching and learning environment. Had the contract gone far enough to assure an improved learning environment? Would experienced teachers be able to continue to teach the students parents wanted them there for? Under the new terms would new teachers have the chance to learn their craft without being unfairly evaluated by measures outside of their control?
Many talked of their desire to make sure their local school was strong and viable. The power seized in the moment of the strike needed to continue. All wanted this energy not to be allowed to dissipate.
One thing is crystal clear…. a powerful force has emerged: these people care about each other, they care about their community and they deeply care about the quality of the public education each child receives in this community.
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