This has been a tough year for teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it so that many of them can’t teach their students in public. They’ve had to adjust teaching their students virtually and deal with disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Parents across America would like to get their children back to school, but also do so in a safe way. In some areas, that has been difficult. The city of Boston recently shuttered public schools after an alarming rise in positive COVID-19 cases.
It’s time for some historical perspective so we can really understand what is going on with this year’s teachers strikes. A common thread in almost every state under Republican rule is that funding has been taken away from public schools, systematically and over a long period of time. The genius of GOP ideology came up with the idea that by cutting state taxes the economies would boom and this would increase state tax revenues. But it hasn’t worked out that way.
If, as privatization "reformers" in Republican, corporate, and Obama Education Department claim that America's public schools are dire failures, then America's wealthy public schools with unionized teachers, and tenure, would be failing and not at the "top of the international charts."
Market-based educational reform is an utter failure, and yet we still can't shake the nasty remnants of its bad policy influence
It is evident, now, that Republicans and their corporate funding machine are raping America and its citizenry in every possible way to express their power, contempt, and dominance over their victims