This is far from what Ghandi would do, but it can work if we realize that we are all in this together. If Weingarten sees the futility of being ignored as the powers that be grab more power and abuse us all, then large and small scale Civil Disobedience is a necessary response.
CHALLENGE: WILL YOU JAYWALK FOR EDUCATION JUSTICE?
Dennis Van Roekel: President of the National Association of Teachers
Cinda Klickna: President of the Illinois Education Association
Jim Testerman: President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association
Andy Ford: President of the Florida Education Association
Daniel Montgomery: President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers
Ted Kirsch: President of the American Federation of Teachers – Pennsylvania
and all the rest of the presidents and board members in each state.
Aside: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in their informational pamphlet, The Rights of Protesters, states, “A protest that blocks vehicular or pedestrian traffic is illegal without a permit.” So, it is up to all of us to see how much Civil Disobedience we wish to engage in. The important thing is to Jaywalk!
As best we can tell, this is not a joke. That’s the saddest part about it. Jaywalking won’t lead to one more child learning how to read. Jaywalking won’t lead to one more student learning how to subtract and multiply. Silly union stunts won’t do anything to balance budgets or make us more competitive.
Will a few union goons potentially flying over the hoods of cars improve graduation or student proficiency rates?
Jaywalking will continue the unions’ campaign of grandstanding while children pay the price. When will the unions be more concerned about the welfare of children than the job security of their dues payers?