I struggled to figure out what to say all day yesterday. We were told that unless things are settled by this Sunday, the teachers are striking as of Monday.
This isn’t something I can do anything to stop. Just like I can’t do anything about Mr. Pumpkinhead to the south or his Korean counterpart.
But there are other battles I can fight and win. I can read my books and scripts and use the information to help me write my assignments and continue learning. I can clean my home. I can fight for relationships that are important to me. I can do the things I’m supposed to that are recommended to keep my Sjogren’s in check. I can use tools like Tylenol Complete to help me get through the last day of class this week. I can make good choices that help me accomplish the goals I have like reducing my sugar intake and exercising.
There’s a lot I can do to get through the chaos in the world right now. The biggest thing is keeping a positive attitude. Yes, I know strikes can last months, but they can also be resolved in a day or two.
I can also be supportive of the teachers. The media tries to paint a picture that it’s about pay, but it isn’t. Many of the issues are things like the colleges trying to give themselves a loophole that would let them make all teaching positions part-time contracts, so they never have to give teachers things like benefits. So when they offer a pay raise and ignore all the actual issues, they’re being shitty and trying to make the teachers look greedy. Imagine an entire faculty where no one has job stability and can be fired with only two weeks of notice no matter how long they’ve been working there.
The whole situation sucks for the students either way. Who would choose to teach except the less experienced under such a system?
There are many other things they are fighting for that are listed here.
It’s time to get ready for school.
Guid cheerio the nou,