It's Not About Teachers

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To the Editor:

In the final paragraphs of the Commentary about teacher strikes' impact on vulnerable students ("What Happens to Vulnerable Students When Teachers Strike?," March 6, 2019), the author urges teachers to consider the consequences of their actions.

In doing so, he misses that it is the responsibility of the administrators, boards, and state officials to consider the consequences of teacher strikes and ensure that schools are funded and staffed in a way that reduces this likelihood. The willingness of teachers to allow those in power to shirk their responsibilities by picking up the slack is what has led to the current situation in U.S. education.

Put the responsibility of ensuring schools meet the needs of all our children where it belongs, on those who fund and run the schools.

Warren Erath
H.S. Science Teacher
Louisville, Ky.

Vol. 38, Issue 29, Page 20

Published in Print: April 17, 2019, as It's Not About Teachers
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