Yes, teachers across America are fed up. I think the #metoo movement has a lot
to do with this. It has emboldened females generally and females make up a vast
majority of teachers. They are fed up by generally being victimized by the
system. They have also figured out that at some level they provide a baby
sitter/day care service for millions of parents and without this service parents
are at a loss of what to do with their own children. But yes, teachers in many
Red States across America are fed up.Cbasiefan: You may be right,
Utah teachers might not ever strike and continue to take it and until then the
schools and teacher shortages to reach crisis level. That certainly is the
gamble of the Utah legislature. They continually gamble that teachers will keep
on taking it. But if teachers don't take a stand, the conditions they have
will get worse and their students will suffer with overcrowded conditions and
continual teacher turnover, However, Utah voters and teachers themselves are
becoming more diverse, less conservative and perhaps there will be a breaking
point even here in extremely conservative Utah. Human beings can only take so
I think Utah is heading for a more dangerous situation. Teachers here won't
strike because they won't. Utah will continue to vote Republican because it
does. So, they don't feel like their positions are in jeopardy which means
they continue to push the same Republican mantra of tax cuts despite the
financial needs of education. Instead, the teaching shortage will continue to
get worse and worse until it becomes a complete crisis. The legislature thinks
they solved the problem with the APT license passed in 2016. There may be a few
who become teachers and there will be even fewer who survive their first few
years of teaching. However, it's not going to be enough to cover the
current teacher turnover and the current number of retiring teachers.
This is a long time coming. I wish our Utah legislature would realize this and
lead out in supporting public education. The voters continue to say they want
to see better pay for teachers. Any legislator that holds on to supporting
public ed as their platform would be a shoe in for re-election for many years to
It isn't just teachers that need affordable housing and health care. All
Americans need this. There are many in other fields critical to our society like
teachers who struggle as well. Every city, state, and our country as
a whole should be working on affordability and quality of life over accumulation
of wealth and materialism. The wealthiest 1% of American households own 40% of
our country's wealth. Long-term you can't have a healthy economy or a
strong sense of well-being in our country with these odds. It is statistically
It's not just the raise the teachers want to see - it's also an
elimination of insane state-mandated testing that does nothing but fuel a market
for test writers and testing consultants. These tests do nothing but drag
education into the mud and suffocate it there.
How benevolent. Notice no GOP politician justifies the raises for the good of
the kids or public education overall. It's because they are losing
elections. They still don't value public education-just their jobs.
Families and teachers make America Great!Ironically Rick Perry,
former Governor of Texas and current Secretary of Energy said as a GOP primary
candidate that he wanted to eliminate the Departments of Commerce, Energy and
Education. The current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos never attended
public schools and promotes private schools. Hopefully the GOPs
recent support for teachers is about investing in American kids!
I wonder what Utah is going to offer teachers when they have had enough of it.
Say $12,000.00+ more.
Suddenly, teachers have had enough.