When is a day off not a day off?
When it’s because your teacher is on strike!
I have mixed feelings about teachers going on strike, I have good friends who are teachers, and I feel that a good teacher would always have their pupils learning at the heart of what they do. I can’t help feel that maybe this is all being blown out of proportion. Ok so they have the right to strike, and everyone should have the right to voice their opinions. But hasn’t the time for striking and it making any point whatsoever long gone. I know you are fighting for pensions and pay, but welcome to the world most of us live in. I feel sorry for those of you who are about to retire, to have pensions cut at this point is never good. But when I get to retirement age, will I get a state pension? Have I had a pay rise in the last 8 years of working? and can I have a day where I say to my boss I’m not working today?
I have found it very difficult to explain the reasons why the boy wont be going to school tomorrow. I have explained the reasons behind why his teacher is striking, yet all his friends will be in school. I have told him if he thinks it isn’t fair, or has any questions then he should go and ask his teacher. I don’t think I have the right to answer on this persons behalf, and if he feels strongly enough to strike then a few questions from an 8-year-old are ok, aren’t they?
I can forgive just one day, however tempted I am to send a letter into the school saying if this happens again there will be a fine of £60! after all if I wasn’t at home I would have to pay childcare. So my last question, should I take him into school for his lunchtime clubs? as the teacher for this club will be there!