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.
H.S. Science Teacher
A version of this article appeared in the April 17, 2019 edition of Education Week as It’s Not About Teachers