VIDEO: Chicago Teachers Union Members and Their Hilarious Signs

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Because this is so serious, it was a relief to see a video that had at least some humor. Teachers are people, too, my friend.

I kid, but I was an educator for over 15 years, and I can promise you, not one teacher or aide I knew during my time working in public schools was in it for the money.  There were very, very few who seemed to care more about themselves than they did about the kids. In fact, I can only think of two. One was a hostile ass who was too lazy to teach properly and should have been fired, and the other WAS fired because he preyed on female students for years and was finally caught after a whole lot of effort by a handful of us who refused to give up until someone listened to us (you're welcome).

Teachers work endless hours, take the brunt of criticism from some parents who find it very difficult to admit that they and/or their child need to improve their behavior, withstand working conditions you wouldn't believe unless you witnessed them first hand, and yet can't stop beaming when their kids succeed in the face of challenge after challenge, both personal and scholastic.

They deserve our respect and a whole lot more.

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Chicago Teachers Union Members and Their Hilarious Signs #FairContractNow

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  • mellowjohn

    the strike is suspended. back to school tomorrow. and to paraphrase teddy kennedy:

    "And someday, long after this strike, long after the signs come down and the crowds stop cheering, and the bands stop playing, may it be said that we kept the faith.
    "May it be said of our Union in 2012 that we found our faith again. And may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of Tennyson:
    'I am a part of all that I have met
    Though much is taken, much abides
    That which we are, we are --
    One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.'"

    our strike is over. the fight continues. and the dream will never die.

  • http://twitter.com/whatsamatta_u Paul W

    I'll believe teachers are in it for the money when I believe Wall Street Hedgemony Fund Managers are in it for the kids. ;D

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Big hug for you, Mellow.

  • mellowjohn

    thank you, laffy. it's been an educational, exhilarating, and exhausting seven days. i've been out on the line between 6:30 and 7 every morning, and rarely home before 6 in the evening. my school is on the west side of chicago, on a very busy street, and the support we've been getting from passing motorists has been heartening. we've had parents bringing treats and (more importantly) letting us into their homes to use the john!
    most exciting has been the support from other city employees... cops, firefighters, streets and san, the water dept., and the cta. in fact we had a bus come to a complete stop last week and the driver leaned out and said, "we're counting on you to hang tough. we know we're next."
    i sincerely believe that rahmney  wants to bust all the city employee unions and picked us out as the one least likely to fight back. to paraphrase winston churchill, he wanted to wring our necks like a chicken. some chicken. some neck.