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Teachers Boycott Back-to-School Night, Infuriating Parents
posted by: Colin | September 20, 2010, 09:50 PM   

Parents, you took time out of your busy day to come to your child's school, to get involved, to learn about what they are learning, and to meet their teacher.  But what if the teachers don't even bother to show up?

That was the situation at one Pennsylvania school district when 150 parents arrived on back-to-school night only to find that the teachers, battling the district over a three-year contract dispute, decided to skip out on the annual tradition.   Needless to say, parents are livid. "I came to Back to School night to meet my daughter’s teachers. It’s a shame you could not extend to me the same respect. Parental involvement requires teacher involvement,” one mother told local news station Fox 29.

This unified protest is likely to backfire on the teachers, since it left dozens of angry parents pointlessly roaming the halls of the school, undoubtedly discussing how rude and shortsighted the boycott is.

Teachers, if you want to court the parents to support your side of the contract negotiations, to convince them that teachers shouldn't have to pay for their benefits, try and follow the rules of dating: be polite and courteous, don't discuss controversial issues over dinner, and don't ever ever stand your date up.

Did the teachers make a strategic error in standing up the parents?
Have you ever thought of skipping a back-to-school night?

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written by joe blake, September 29, 2010

Well, that is what you get with PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

Imagine you show up at Starbucks at 5:00am and there was no one there to open the door.

Well, you have a choice as to whether or not you will return to the store.

With the school, like the Post Office, like the DMV, like the IRS, you have no choice but to put up with their garbage.

Get used to it, because teacher salaries are going down, and no one, not even an OUTSTANDING TEACHER, not even an outstanding PRIVATE SECTOR employee, work well under those circumstances.
Seems bad, but...
written by Deb in Maine, September 21, 2010

I would personally just bite the bullet and show up...but that's who I am as a worker and an individual. I do understand why this group of teachers did this. When you're working for three years with no contract, that's a de facto vote of no confidence in your skills as professionals by the district. Why should you want to stay for what amounts to a midweek 12+ hour day where you have to stay and play nicey nice when the district doesn't think you're worth enough to pay even a cost of living raise?

Also, the parents--the people in the community--don't get to vote on teacher salaries. That's up to the district's administration. Possibly the teachers don't need the support of the community in order to get a raise. Also, having worked for five years in a district where taxpayers are overwhelmingly in favor of giving us no raises I speak from experience when I say that any extra time you give, any long days you put in are not seen as a reason to give you a raise. They are often conveniently forgotten.

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