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Should you embrace the teacher’s strike?

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By Jodi Gibson

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Today in Victoria we will see one of the largest teacher strikes in recent years.

The state Liberal government has promised much but delivered little and negotiations have broken down yet again. The teachers have had enough.

The result will be hundreds of Victorian schools closing their doors with an estimated 15,000 teachers expected to strike.

This strike action has been much debated on various online blogs and news sites with frustrations from both teachers and parents flowing freely.

Parents, particularly working parents are angered by the strikes as it means they need to either organise care for their children or take leave from work to look after them. This is a bit of a pain as all us parents know.

But as annoying as it is, I do believe there is a bigger issue at stake. Surely our children’s education should be our number one priority?

I get the impression that many people consider teaching to be a breezy job, 9am – 3pm each day, no weekend work and 10 weeks of paid holidays a year. What they don’t see is all the extra work behind the scenes, preparing for classes, grading papers, monitoring and reporting and pursuing their own further education to keep up with standards and changes. I am sure there is even more unseen work behind the scenes that could be added to that list.

Teachers have the responsibility of guiding our children for over six hours a day, five days a week. They invest their time and devote their careers to moulding young minds and it is not something they take lightly. All the teachers I know are motivated, enthusiastic and want nothing more than to see our next generation learn, grow and prosper into young adults. They are devoted and engaged.

I also have no doubt they would rather be teaching tomorrow than striking.

Given that teachers guide our children’s future not only educationally but emotionally and spiritually as well, I think they are entitled to be paid accordingly.

Which is why I think it would be great if we as parents took a step back for a second, forget how the strike mucks up our week and look at the bigger picture. By doing so, not only are we showing our teachers our support, but also our children too.

What do you think? Are you affected by the strike action? Do you agree with their plight?

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Jodi Gibson - to view all of Jodi's blog post click here

Jodi Gibson, a.k.a. Lipgloss Mumma, is a freelance writer, blogger, self-published non-fiction author and aspiring fiction author. In her spare time she, usually unsuccessfully, juggles being a wife, mothering four girls and running two businesses. Jodi is a constant dreamer, chaser of wisdom and lover of music trivia and cycling.

Website: http://www.jfgibson.com.au

  • I’m not affected by the strike, but I agree teachers make a huge contribution to society and need to be respected, recognised and compensated for their commitment.

    • Absolutely Jane, a huge contribution. Let’s hope it all works out in the end and they do get what they deserve. It will benefit our children in the end.

  • Dani

    Fantastic and so very true. My daughter has just started prep and I DON’T envy her teacher one bit dealing with 24 little preppies everyday. Thanks teachers for all you do for our future.

    • They definitely deserve more just for that fact alone. 24 preppies day in day out is exhausting just thinking about it. Huge thanks to the teachers indeed!

  • Fran Kendall

    I was a teacher for a while, Jodi, and a tutor for longer. One job aspect seldom mentioned is that interacting mindfully and personally with so many is very emotionally draining.

    • Hi Fran, that is an excellent point that is overlooked. It would be so very draining keeping the enthusiasm and focus all day every day when you are dealing with a whole class of children who each need attention, and in different ways. I have great respect for teachers, so much more to the job than meets the eye.

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