Real Hard To Feel Sympathetic
About those striking public school teachers in Chicago...
While 12% of American students go to private schools ... 39% of Chicago public school teachers' kids go to private schools. Hmm? One reason might be that, "Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math." Not only that, but the Chicago teachers want no part of accountability for their students' test scores. So much for those fellow comrades-in-linked-arms fighting for the children.
Also, while the Chicago teachers union is striking for a pay increase that will grow their salaries just about twice that of the average income of taxpayers living in Chicago (and paying those teachers' salaries) the Chi-town teachers have the shortest school year among the nation's largest metro areas.
You can return, or factory recall, a poorly made product, but you can't return or recall a poorly educated public school student.