Ok so yesterday it was announced that the NUT and NASUWT are going to be striking in the North West at the end of this month over pay and conditions, meaning that some pupils will have lessons disrupted. This is one of a series of walkouts scheduled to take place. So today I’m going to answer the question: should teachers be allowed to strike?
Now I’m all for pushing for more money in the profession as I believe teaching is an underpaid profession when you consider how important it is as without it, we won’t have any doctors, lawyers, engineers or anything else. We would just be a population of people on benefits, which will not be an economy, it’ll just be one huge bank in one huge debt, a bit like an Icelandic bank.
But does this mean that teachers have to strike? I have no respect for any teacher who thinks striking is the way forward, for a number of reasons. One is because they don’t realise who the most important people are in the profession, and that is the children they teach. I find it absolutely selfish that these teachers would rather walk out on their children just because of their own issues. Other issues include parents, especially those who work. What happens to those? Well they either have to arrange for a relative to look after the children or take time off work themselves, both of which cost money and cause issues relating to household income. Another factor to consider is the reputation of the profession. We don’t want to be known as a profession of troublemakers, we would rather be a respected profession. I bet a lot of these teachers buy expensive things such as branded food or expensive clothes. If they budgeted better they wouldn’t need to complain about so much.
Personally if it were down to me, any teacher who goes on strike should be sacked, and replaced with people who are in the profession for the right reasons, ie they care about the future generations and want to make a real difference to society as a whole. That’s what I signed up for, and what I intend to do.
What do you think? Should teachers be allowed to strike or should they care more about the children they teach?