Yesterday, teachers in 900 universities across the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike, forming picket lines in the rain to protest unfair operating situations. For additional context on the circumstance, we’re presenting a visitor web site publish by an unique with practical experience operating as a trainer in the LA school process. 

“If all the raindrops have been lemon drops and gumdrops, oh, what a rain that would be!  Standing exterior with my mouth open up wide…ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!”

A perfect children’s music for such a wet working day, but not for now in the metropolis of LA.  If I experienced to re-produce the lyrics, it would seem like: the sky is crying now, as 1000’s of teachers are marching throughout LA. Oh, what a disgrace this is.

The Los Angeles education and learning system is in crisis! Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall! The bough has been damaged and the cradle has fallen!

Did we not see the writing on the wall this working day was coming? Politicians have turned their heads, with fingers in their ears for 30 yrs, when our lecturers have attempted to control around crowded classrooms.

The “Old Lady in the Shoe…” Sound acquainted? Why do instructors have to beg for further team assistance, as effectively as a few excess bucks to exchange out of pocket bills?

The Los Angeles Unified College District instructors have bent in excess of backwards! We have witnessed quite a few accounts of disrespect from top rated administration, parents, and unfortunately from the incredibly types that we are expected to educate.

How did we get below?

In the course of my principal a long time of education in the Los Angeles faculty program, there was no way that the assumed to sass an grownup, under no circumstances the much less a trainer, entered my mind.  A instructor was guarded in the similar way as a mother or father. They ended up a phase down below your mom. You listened, you obeyed and you honored them!

The teachers of yesteryear obtained guidance from mother and father, best administration and the group.  The classrooms had been nicely-managed, with aides rotating to reinforce the day’s lesson. The administration supplied opportunities for publicity with electives this sort of as stitching, cooking, automotive, electronics and typesetting – just to name a couple of – that served condition me!

Education was vital! Small children ended up crucial!  Again, how did we get right here?

Did it start off with the misuse of standardized testing? I’m just expressing! Maybe? Potentially?

I pray that Humpty Dumpty can be put again alongside one another once again!

To the instructors of the Los Angeles Unified University District, thank you for wanting much more than “curds and whey!”

Strike on!

– “ELR,” LA supporter and mother

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