Re: "What lesson do strikes teach kids?" (letter, 5-10).
The writer complained that teachers are setting a bad example by striking to protest the Legislature's failure to fully support education. Isn't it the law that the state should fully support education? Isn't it the Legislature's responsibility to pass laws to enable that constitutional directive?
They haven't, and we all haven't complained very much about it. The law has been continually disobeyed for years, and we citizens have been complicit. Apparently, It is OK to break the law and it doesn't matter if you get caught.
Now, we're to be upset that teachers have taken a page from our playbook and are striking (breaking the law) to point out what the rest of us have failed to do. The law requiring state support of education has been broken every day since it was written and we don't even think about it. Children have already learned this about us.
Never miss a local story.
A teacher's strike to improve children's education is heroic. Children know this, and we do too if we're willing to be honest with ourselves.