When my ten-year old comes home and proudly imparts upon me his discovery of some new fact he learned in school, my first reaction is that his teacher did a good job delivering knowledge. That’s all we parents ask; that the teacher not only introduces them to new thoughts and concepts, but is able to ensure that the child gets it.
I think the teachers striking in Chicago have forgotten their primary mission. These teachers forget or never realized that they are paid to produce and deliver an educational service and evaluations are necessary to determine their output and quality of product. Maybe this is what they should focus on versus coming up with too many new ways to deliver the product based on theorizing they did for their masters’ thesis or dissertations.
Are kids going to school carrying the baggage of issues from home? Yes, they are. Should that be the excuse for not delivering a product? No. It just means teachers will have to find innovative ways of engaging kids so that they can deliver the product: education.