How do you feel about the teachers going on strike?
Sarah EbnerNovember 29 2011 schoolgate Times
Oh dear. It’s strike day and I’d like to be sympathetic to the teachers. I really would.
But the reality is that I feel rather conflicted. We live in very difficult times. True, they are not caused by teachers, but neither are they caused by me, or many other private sector workers. Everyone is feeling the pinch. Everyone is going to have to retire later than they expected. And some of us don’t have any pensions at all.
I do value teachers, but I’m not really sure what they think this strike will achieve, nor what they are actually going to be doing on the big day (there doesn’t seem to be a big rally, like the one in June). I am aware that many people who don’t normally strike (headteachers, different unions) are taking action, and that this has become something that is about something more than pensions.
I also know that I’m not alone in finding the issue difficult. Many parents are angry about having to take time off work themselves to look after their children tomorrow. Many are having to pay for extra childcare. Not many appear to be taking their children to work with them (despite the Prime Minister’s advice).
Margaret Morrissey from ParentsOutLoud had this to say:
“If I take my child off school I am in danger of having to pay a fine but teachers can close a school down for their own needs…. What an example to set, what a sad day it will be, Never never complain to a parent if they take their child out of school for a day saying “it is irresponsible and affecting their education”. You obviously do not believe that or you would not be striking.”