Today's New York Times shares a story about a tug of war between unions and politicians in Chicago. The issue? Longer school days. When the teacher's union failed to approve a longer school day, politicians took the issue directly to schools, offering teachers a 2% bonus if they agreed. In a surprising move, many teachers and schools agreed, even over the objections of their union leaders. The union is pursuing the issue before the labor board, but it is far from resolved. Clearly, public sentiment nationwide dictates that unions provide more visible reforms on their own lest politicians and legislatures try to override the process. Educators can no longer sit back and teach, but we must continually reflect upon our teaching and the educational process to make sure we are doing all we can to help our students succeed. Doing anything less means that others will make those decisions for us.
Here's the article that I'm talking about:
The New York Times