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STRIKE: Support could be better channeled

Letter by Dana Edwards, Tacoma on Sep. 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm with 7 Comments »
September 21, 2011 12:13 pm

My heart is breaking; as a Tacoma Public Schools para-educator, this is the seventh day in a row that I haven’t been able to work.

I live in a comfortable, middle-class neighborhood in Northeast Tacoma. The homes in my neighborhood are filled with hard-working, well-meaning families who support their schools and their teachers with wrapping paper and cookie dough fundraisers and moral support during these frustrating times.

I guess it shouldn’t have come to my surprise this morning as I took my dog for a walk that these same families had organized a carnival-like support station for the teachers who are presently marching across the street, complete with balloons and baked goodies.

My neighbors are well-meaning and full of giving hearts, so I hope they will forgive me when I say that I don’t disapprove of this support so much as think it could be channeled into better places that would teach our kids the difference between First World problems over labor contract disputes and Third World problems that will help our children become purpose-driven world citizens when they grow up.

Our students, teachers and parents need to be reminded how fortunate they are to be living in a place with clean water and no suicide bombers. Can’t we all just take a minute to be thankful that we live in a country that allows us the freedom to disagree and spend a little time despite our differences in opinion to remember those who don’t?

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  1. Thanks Dana. These are wise words. All things considered, our teachers and students have stellar conditions compared to most of the rest of the world.

  2. alindasue says:

    We learn to handle the big problems of the world by practicing with the little problems.

    While there are many grand problems in the world that we all could be focusing our energies on, the path to world peace still starts with being kind to our neighbors. A better environment begins with picking up our own trash and turning off lights we are not using.

    There is nothing wrong with students and their families performing the simple act of supporting teachers with balloons and a plate of cookies. From such actions come our future volunteers and community leaders.

  3. So….a teacher’s aide complains that she can’t work because of the strike and then complains that parents are supportive of the teachers (the old “you think you have it bad….Starving Children in India!” gambit)

  4. I live in a comfortable, middle-class neighborhood in Northeast Tacoma.

    Not on a “para-educator’s” salary………let me guess……you, like sozo, don’t really need to work for a living as your spouse is in a high-paying profession.

  5. and……..most of the teachers who work in the neighborhood school can’t afford to live in your neighborhood.

  6. SandHills says:

    Uh, better wake up Dana…

    Our current education system is largely responsible for easing our decline out of the First World category.

    Along with our deteriorating infrastructure (roads, bridges, power grid) we may already fast becoming a 2nd world status.

    At least that fact will restrain us from the liberal/utopian view that we have ability to solve any of the Third World problems.

  7. beerboy: you seem to have a thorn in your backside with your comments. If you have read sozo’s posts before and paid at least some attention, you would know that she/he is a retired teacher and her posts are always to the point and very high class. Why do always assume that someone has a spouse in a high paying profession to support them? Maybe you have a resentment problem or so it seems. I will pray for you.

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