Glenn McCoy’s Sept. 15 cartoon on the Chicago teacher’s strike was offensive. The teachers gave up a week’s pay to make a point. They felt strongly that kids were not factory parts and teacher effectiveness in a classroom for an hour couldn’t be measured against the reality of what happened the other 23 hours of the day.
We are in court questioning the insanity of an even-greater disproportionate measure in Florida which evaluates physical-ed teachers, counselors, media specialists and any non-FCAT teachers on the reading scores of the entire school, not even the kids they teach.
Administrators are evaluated the same way. No students were hurt by a week out of school. This representation of the strike misses the point and plays into the political agenda to destroy public schools and vilify unions.
Artie Leichner, first vice president, United Teachers of Dade, Redland