It's All About the Children! All is relative and as John Dewey demands of American Public Education All must be Verifiably Satisfying. Got that?
I got it years ago, when I studied Philosophy of Education at Loyola University. Truth is a moveable feast for John Dewey that begins and ends with "Inquiry."
Inquire about leadership in American Public Education -Arne Duncan e.g.
Inquire about Chicago political leadership: Rahm's busy raising cash from Hollywood and what's left of 1%-ers for Obama.
Inquire about the Public Service Union Solidarity - SEIU is set to cross the picket lines.
Inquire about a 19% increase in an average public salary that amounts to $ 71,000 per annum.
Inquire about length of school day.
Inquire about tenure, accountability, pension, health benefits, sick-days, and school calendars/
Inquire about test scores, college placement, drop-out rates.
If one must, do inquire. Like I said, I got it ( as in understood John Dewey education as a pernicious, power mad and "cosmic impiety" that assaults truth).
In the next 24 hours, either CPS will cave and toss more money to Karen Lewis in verifiably satisfying manner, or a strike will take place in verifiably satisfying manner. Either way, it is the public education you, the taxpayer, votes for, agrees whole-heartedly with, or must live with.
In any event, Catholic Schools in Chicago will be open for learning, sharing and strengthening the values God finds verifiably satisfying. In today's Gospel from Mark, Jesus cures a deaf-mute. Get a load of these beauties!
Chicago Public education is a skunk fighting a raccoon, in my empirical understanding of its dysfunctional operations.
Stock up on the moral and education tomato juice, Citizens, or get used to smell.