Almost all of Detroit’s public schools were closed last Monday resulting in over 45,000 students missing classes after roughly half the district’s teachers called in “sick” to protest the possibility that some of them won’t get paid over the summer if the district runs out of cash. This, just the latest in a series of “sick-outs,” caused 94 of 97 schools to close as 1,562 teachers dutifully, robotically obeyed their union’s plea for them to stay home, despite the fact that teacher strikes are illegal under Michigan law.
This is an amazing display of chutzpah and hypocrisy given teachers near-constant diatribes for “volunteerism” and against money-worship, big business, the for-profit motive, false advertising, capitalism, Wall-Street, “greed,” the rich, the one-percent, etc., etc., and their similarly constant, aggressive and narcissistic bloviating about how important they are to the development of their charges knowledge, character, happiness and ability to get along with everyone else on earth.
When it comes down to the potential loss of cash from their own pockets, however, they promptly exclaim, “screw the little retards, we’re outta here until you show us the f@^!&ing money!”
Based on how Detroit public-school students fare on competency tests, these teachers are lucky they get paid at all.