On Monday I am wearing red in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union. I hope thousands of other teachers across the country do so as well.
I support the Chicago teachers because their union, under the leadership of CTU President Karen Lewis, is standing up and saying what teachers throughout this country would like to say:
Enough is enough!
Enough scape-goating and bullying of teachers and their unions.
Enough of legislators and policy makers who know so little about classroom realities, but have so much power to determine what goes on in the classroom.
Enough of business and government leaders refusing to adequately address the social and economic factors that weigh so heavily on our students.
Enough of laws and policies that reduce student success to scores on questionable standardized tests, while limiting rigor and deep learning, and ignoring art, physical education, social studies, character-building, and social skills.
Enough of over-crowded classes.
Enough of private charter and voucher schools that siphon money from public school systems – the only community institutions that have the capacity, commitment, and legal obligation to serve ALL students.
Regardless of whether the CTU actually strikes tomorrow, I will be wearing red in solidarity with my colleagues to the south.
Their actions remind all educators that we must use multiple forms of collective action to win what is best for our students, our communities, and our profession.
We have been too quiet for too long.
On Monday, stand with the Chicago Teachers Union.