April 26, 2018, Prescott-
I walked, and stood alongside, my co-workers this morning. We are among many, in several states, who are making a statement in favour of actually showing the nation’s public schools that they are important to our nation’s security. This includes granting teachers and other school workers a living wage. By living wage, I mean that a family of four can pay its rent/mortgage/ property tax, insurance, utilities and basic living expenses, which include savings and modest leisure pursuits, without the need for one or both parents to hold down two (or more) jobs. Most people in this community get that. There are a few who think otherwise, and I note that they have theirs.
Let’s be clear: I believe in EARNING one’s way. I do not believe in indentured servitude or de facto slavery. A job well done should be a job well remunerated. A few conservative thinkers, believers in the free market system, have shown how this can be done- without shorting the colleges and universities, or the public health system. (Both are cited by some legislators, as reasons why the schools should make do with less.)
I do not buy the argument that “only Communists” want teachers to get higher pay. (Yes, this has been advanced by some legislators here, because ONE teacher admires Noam Chomsky.) For the record, I have co-workers who love President Trump and who are adamant about raising revenue to improve the schools. Also, I am a political independent, who loathes dictatorships of any kind.
There are other chains I want to break. More is coming, as is Part II of the Antonio Ribeiro story.