You may or may not have noticed that there’s trouble afoot in Wisconsin lately. With my busy schedule of going to work, learning how to speak fluent 2-year-old, and sleeping, it’s a wonder I notice anything that’s going on in the world anymore. But the protests in Wisconsin over the governor’s attempts to annihilate labor unions have got my attention. Not only because it’s sad to see working people tearing each other down for false notions of who is getting a free ride from whom, but also because it’s the latest battleground in an ongoing war on teachers.
I admit that I feel powerless. I don’t know how to fix education in this country, but I’m fairly certain, as many people in Wisconsin seem to be, that the solution doesn’t involve demonizing teachers. People don’t become teachers because they want to live high on the hog—they do it because they want to teach.