As I read the article about Helen Bernstein's activities in the UTLA a knot formed in my gut. When we finished the article, either my wife or I said to the other, "Are you sure you want to be a teacher?"
I don't remember which one of us made the statement and it really doesn't matter. We are both studying to be teachers. I am 55 and my wife is 38. We both have successful careers and simply want to teach. We want to be involved with young people and give back what we have learned.
My first (reaction) was outrage at the arrogance and unprofessional attitudes of Bernstein and the UTLA. I remembered the strike in 1989. In all of my many years on this Earth, I have seen many tragic events, but none so tragic as the time when teachers went out on strike against innocent young students.
The issue of low teachers' pay is a myth. Teachers seem to believe that they are in some special category and that they should work only 180 days a year and make as much money as all the rest of us who work a minimum of 237 days. (If you have your own business it is 365 days worked.) Also, everyone is having a hard time right now.