I write in response to your May 27 editorial, “Teacher protests sure to fall short,” which implies that teachers’ complaints regarding six years of frozen salaries and unreasonable class sizes and their consequent decision to walk out in protest are childish. The teachers of North Thurston Public Schools chose to walk out on an early release Wednesday after students were released.
This was not in collaboration with management, as The Olympian’s editorial states, but because they chose to not place a burden on families. Many students rely on their schools to feed them both breakfast and lunch. Families already had child care in place. NTPS teachers chose to walk out after students left so kids were safe and fed, knowing that they still have to make up the time.
I wonder if the editorial staff would be so quick to question any other profession’s decision to demonstrate for what they want and need — any other profession not predominantly female, that is. You expect teachers to silently accept an unfair situation and to “keep on keeping on,” as always. It is no coincidence that a profession that is traditionally associated with women is so disrespected and underfunded.
Finally, I find it ironic that a newspaper would advise any group of American citizens to not exercise their First Amendment rights. However futile you may believe the cause to be, editorial board, Washington teachers are demonstrating to make their feelings known. Don’t you dare tell them to sit down.