Letter: If it were up to me, you walk out; you’re fired


I agree that K-12 teachers are not paid nearly as much as they should. But they also are not flipping burgers for minimum wage, and name me one other profession that affords a 2+ month “break” every year.

Yes, teaching is not 9-to-5. In some ways, it’s closer to 24/7. And let’s not forget pension, general healthcare benefits, and more, eh?

However, if you choose to be a K-12 teacher, you know from the start that you are not choosing a profession that will fill your bank account.

It’s a labor of passion, not profit.

How a man or woman who has dedicated himself/herself to this calling can abandon said initial dedication at the risk of the students he/she wants to teach is beyond me.

Alas, when the union speaks, the Eloi listen. Shame shame shame on teachers who put their pocketbooks before their pupils.

If it were up to me, you walk out; you’re fired.

Michael Westlund



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Pintobeans 12 months ago

The teachers didn't have to sign the contract that their union negotiated. Time to hang out the Help Wanted sign and fire the malcontents.


azmiike 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thankfully it is not up to uninformed persons who comment without understanding the real issues. Schools have lost nearly $4.5 billion in funding since 2009. This affects all aspects of education, not just teacher salaries. The teacher walk out is about much more than their lagging salaries, however there are those who will not bother to get the facts before condemning our educators. And no I am not a teacher.