Monday, September 10, 2012

Advantage: Homeschool, part deux

Much as the Musketeers' Mom and I have occasionally wished parents could go on strike, the fact is it's really not an option...

Chicago teachers began walking the picket line for the first time in 25 years Monday morning, leaving parents to scramble for alternatives for their children...
Sunday night’s drama was a roller coaster for teachers, parents and students wondering whether school was on Monday morning — whether students would be greeted by teachers in classrooms or on picket lines. Teachers have been asked to picket outside their own schools.
Progress had been made over the weekend regarding teacher pay, but not enough on teacher evaluations, job security or classroom conditions to entice union members to sign a contract, Lewis said.
Interestingly enough, Chicago teachers, depending on whose data you reference, are either the highest or second highest-paid in the nation, at north of $70,000 a year.  To put that in perspective, it's $20,000 more than the median U.S. salary at the end of 2011.  It's a sign how tone-deaf unions are today that they would authorize a strike demanding even higher pay and less accountability, when more than 10% of the U.S. labor force is either unemployed or underemployed (i.e. working part-time when they're really looking for full-time work).

Meanwhile, students in private schools, charter schools, or homeschools are in class today, learning something other than how to throw an entitlement tantrum...

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