Submitted by Joy of Teaching on October 4, 2012
By now most Americans with any link to media has heard about the (now settled) National Football League Referee strike. This strike between the football officials and the NFL began in late August. The striking officials were replaced with referees from other organizations and were considered sub-par replacement officiates by most media outlets. Almost simultaneously, the Chicago Teacher’s Union was exacting their own strike (also settled) against the Chicago school district. According to media outlets at that time, the Referees were asking for pay raises in the six digit range and the continuation of their pension plan. The Chicago Teachers concerns were focused on working conditions that could affect student and teacher performance as well as an evaluation system based on student test scores.
As an avid reader of local and national news, I often read the comment sections of news websites. Although at times, these comment sections are filled with far right/left winged opinions, I do feel it is a way to gauge the thoughts of others outside my friends, family and coworkers. While following both of these national strike stories, I began to see a clear delineation between the attitudes of Americans in reference to the value placed on education and the value placed on a 16 week pastime. Read the rest of this entry »