Monday, September 10, 2012



Good enough for thee but not for me, when it comes to the educational decisions made by Chicago public school teachers for their own children. From a study a few years ago:

Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.
In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent.
Michael Pons, spokesman for the National Education Association, the 2.7-million-member public school union, declined a request for comment on the study’s findings. The American Federation of Teachers also declined to comment. [Bold my emphasis]
Meanwhile, these educators claim to be "all about the kids" while making these children decide whether to cross an intimidating picket line or stay home. 
... outside the school, dozens of teachers held their picket signs, chanted, and formed picket lines — as a handful of students and their parents tried to make their way into the building.
Parents were faced with the choice of crossing the picket line to drop off their kids, or turn around to find something else to do with their children.
Parent Ola Esho said he felt his son and his 1-year-old daughter felt a bit intimidated having to pass through the crowd of protesting teachers to get to the half-day program at Ray Elementary.
“I think it was a little bit unnerving for both of them, yeah. I wasn’t happy about that,” Esho said.
But it's about the kids -- or at least, that's what they say. 

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