Letter: Chicago strike's over real needs
September 17, 2012
Teachers are people too, with families to support. The writer should examine exactly what these teachers have now, and why these pay increases are so imperative to them.
Does the writer think that any college graduate can teach? If so, it is obvious he hasn't been inside a classroom. It takes years to perfect the skills a teacher needs.
Teachers are public servants, but they are not slaves. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not bargain in good faith. The teachers did the only thing they could. The cost of the strike has been high, but it's necessary for the future of education in Chicago.
Linda Silverman, Bellerose Manor
Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher from Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.