Today my son’s entire school skipped 2nd hour to support the teachers and protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposed bill to strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights and to reduce some of their benefits.
(This thread is not about the bill, whether it makes sense or not, who’s right or who’s wrong. )
I have a huge problem with teachers encouraging the children to skip class and protest something that most of them (the students) know nothing about. I don’t doubt at all that it was at some level teacher initiated or at least encouraged. To go from everything’s fine before 1st hour to everyone knows to leave the building for second hour takes a little more planning than most students are able to do at any time let alone while they’re in class.
When I asked my son what was the point of the protest he said “to support the teachers”. I asked him what issues are being protested and he had no idea. All he could tell me is that some teacher has a brother who is going to school to be a teacher and now he says he’s not coming back to Wisconsin and that “some teachers will be leaving”.
This could have been a really good time for the teachers to educate the students about unions, the importance of studying actual issues when voting, they could have studied the actual issues in the bill, or the difference between affective protest and useless protest.
I talked to my son a little bit and told him that skipping one class was not a big deal but that in the future before he joins in a protest he should know exactly what he’s protesting and whether or not there are more affective ways to make a statement. I told him the governor really didn’t care if his whole school skipped one hour and marched around outside and that if one of his teachers decided to have a pop quiz and flunk everyone he could, and then he would have protested something he didn’t even know if he agreed with or not and also ruined his grade.
Now tomorrow there might not be school because they predict not enough teachers will show up to work. My son won’t even be able to serve his punishment for skipping class!