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  •  Heh. You must be watching the wrong (10+ / 0-)

    channel: what I saw was Black kids (teens) shouting, "Students united can never be divided"....and I thought to myself, man o man, if we could just get all these KIDS (the high schoolers) to rally around this thing, sheeeeeit...we may be able to kill a coupla birds with one stone.

    Did you hear the one about the teachers using the restroom at the 63rd Street Police Station and getting a standing ovation?

    Some schools' janitorial and maintenance staff are rumored to be refusing to cross the picket line.

    Yeah, City of Chicago workers--from teachers on down!--could  be poised to do some serious  boat-rocking here.

    THose of us here on the ground KNOW that this is about so much more than just the teachers--it's about intolerable conditions in our inner cities that make it damn near IMPOSSIBLE to teach, or to live, frankly.

    Well, heck, Rahm, come on down to the south side one of these fine, 100+ degree days to teach 35 6th graders in an un-air-conditioned classroom...make sure you dodge the gunfire on the CTA bus while you're coming in, and, you know, send the kid who's suffering from a combination of PTSD, ADD, hunger, and a severe case of broken spirit to the guidance counselor. Oh wait, there is no guidance counselor. OK, so send him to the bathroom--don't forget to keep a roll of TP in your desk so you can give it to him on his way out the door, right? Cause you know damn well the CPS can't afford to put TOILET PAPER in the bathrooms of these schools either...

    Do. Not. Get. Me. Started.
    End of Rant.  

    •  I was watching Channel 7. (1+ / 0-)
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      grumpelstillchen

      Granted it was the 5:00 news, so I didn't see what was on at 4.

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:16:19 PM PDT

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    •  I heard on the radio that a mom said, "I wish (1+ / 0-)
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      there were classes, but if the teachers have to do this, they have to do this."

      •  Here's the deal: kids know who cares about (1+ / 0-)
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        them--their parents and their teachers. The conditions that have been created for both these sets of "caregivers" (parents and teachers) have made it, as I said, damn near impossible to translate that caring into action.

        I've heard enough parents pissing and moaning about this strike....several who were "taken by surprise" when they showed up at school Monday to drop their kids off. To one of them, I said, "You know, as a parent of a CPS student, it is your JOB to watch the News. You don't have the luxury of NOT watching the news just because you don't like to. Warnings about this strike have been all over the News since May. If you didn't get the memo, that's on YOU."

        Point was taken.

        The parents who are complaining about this strike (most of them are NOT complaining--the ones who understand and accept their responsibility as parents KNOW that this is NOT about the teachers--it's about the kids)...are the ones who are concerned with being INCONVENIENCED themselves. They are the ones who don't have the kids' best interest in mind, but I believe it is possible to bring them to their senses and make them understand that this is absolutely about changing the conditions in these schools so that teachers can do their jobs. At present, they cannot.

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