There's a reason that the Chinese have a curse that says "May you live in interesting times."
We are having interesting times in my community right now and I don't like it. I want it to go away and stop harshing my mellow.
Here's the deal:
School board and teacher's union cannot agree on a contract. Board meeting is 4/15 (as in two days from now) and based on the probable outcome of that meeting, the teachers are going to strike.
Now, I could go on a whole rant about how California took 60% of its budget cuts from the educational system (yeah, thanks, Ahhhnold) which is why we all find ourselves in this situation and I could explain which side I think is right in the local fight and why, but that's not really the biggest problem I have.
The biggest problem I have is that some of the parents at my son's school decided that the best way for them to protest the impending strike was to keep their kids home from school today. Well, except for those who dressed their kids up in t-shirts sporting slogans, handed 'em signs and parked 'em on the sidewalk in front of the school.
I realize that everyone is frustrated and it probably seemed like the best way to protest the problem, but I just think it's a big mistake. I think the kids ought to be left out of this - it's a problem for the grown ups (well, supposedly we're all grown ups) to solve.
The kids ought to be in school taking advantage of whatever time they have left this year with their actual teachers.
Because I really enjoyed having to 'splain to my kid today why he had to go to school when some of his friends were getting a freebie day off by "going on strike."
Maybe it's just me, but I think it's wrong to use our children as political bargaining chips regardless of which side of the issue we are on as adults.
P.S. This blog will return to its normal sparkley and glittery format tomorrow :-)