Friday 24 March 2017

Strike is teaching our children one thing: That it's OK to hurt those relying on you if it means better wages

'The last time the ASTI teachers went out on strike, the following year there was a 26pc increase on the usual number of students repeating the Leaving Cert'
'The last time the ASTI teachers went out on strike, the following year there was a 26pc increase on the usual number of students repeating the Leaving Cert'

Stella O'Malley

'Is it valid?" This is the question that is on everyone's mind today as the teachers go out en masse to protest about their pay conditions. "Is it appropriate for teachers to strike while they are supposed to be in school, or would it be more appropriate to strike during their fully paid mid-term break?"

Whether their protest is valid or not, by holding students and parents all over the country to ransom, many people believe that teachers look like great big babies who are throwing the rattle out of the pram because they want more jam.

Of course, it is mostly the students and the parents who are negatively affected by this proposed series of strikes. Parents are worried that their unruly teenagers might get up to all sorts while they're home alone, while the more committed students are stressed as they worry whether their teachers will be able to cover the course if they keep going out on strike. Indeed, the last time the ASTI teachers went out on strike, the following year there was a 26pc increase on the usual number of students repeating the Leaving Cert.

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