have you ever heard the teacher's unions put forward real solutions other than to give themselves a pay raise???
Yes, I have. I don't know the details of the Michigan walkout, so I don't know what, if anything, they have proposed.
And even though I don't agree with some of the proposals they've put forward, there are proposals advanced by teachers to be considered. It might not make the news, but it's happened. It's happened in Chicago regarding improving resources, Louisiana regarding assessment alternatives (incl portfolios and different criteria weighting as an example), it's happened in Canada with regard to student class sizes.
And there are countless examples of boards where teachers have accepted salary freezes because of budget restrictions.
So it's not always about the money. That's not the same thing as it's never about the money, because obviously it is sometimes. But there are also times when money is involved in the process, that teachers have accepted pay freezes or accepted cuts in pay and benefits for additional security.
I've heard lots of proposals put forth by educators and researchers in education during strikes and negotiations. But I'm also not tied to a union nor am I tied to one side of the issue or the other, so I see the merits of arguments for both sides.
And it's not always about the money for both sides, either.
This post was edited on 12/11 at 11:34 am