A minor vignette from the perimeter of the strike: I tutor kids in the Chicago suburbs for a living. Yesterday I had a first session with a girl in the city who is currently staying home because of the strike. She said that there were some online homework assignments for her physics class we might have worked on, but their access to any online learning materials has been shut down.
Meaning, the striking teachers won't allow the students to educate themselves, either.
Now, I don't want to overstate this because I don't know all the details. I don't know if the union or the district controls access to the site she was talking about. Heck, I don't even know what the site is (although I assume it's the same webassign site that most other schools are using). So it's possible that this was just a "caught in the crossfire" situation rather than a deliberate act by the union. Or it might even be built into the union contract as an "in case of strike" clause. I just don't know.
But I was absolutely floored when she said that.
For The Children!In a perfect world, I guess striking teachers would figure out the best possible way for the kids to continue to learn on their own for the duration. I'm not holding my breath. I'm also not expecting journalists to try to look into this kind of thing.