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Last night I had an opportunity to sit in on a meeting regarding displaced teachers.
There is a national movement to privatize public schools. Because there is a negative climate about the image of teachers there is an urgent need to communicate the movement to end unions. With this situation, it makes one wonder where the hope is.
Quite frankly, the parents don’t understand the issues.
There has to be greater communication about the needs and expectations from both sides. This can be accomplished when teachers and the community are better organized on the issue of education.
Here in Chicago more African-American teachers are displaced than any other ethnic group.
In the midst of the turmoil the children are losing.
The teachers need to take a lesson out of the civil rights movement and create a broad-based coalition of supporters and get the community on their side to force the issue. The teachers do not appear to understand the effectiveness of mass movement on the education issue and the value of organizing the coalition. Maybe that is why they are in the position they are in and the kids continue to suffer. History will repeat itself here for better or worse.