So I used to blog about being a "Student Mom", and that was fun. Now I am going to write this piece from the "mom" point of view. As you all know there is a strike going on in our beloved Evergreen Park. I have read all different sides of this. I know for writing this I will now be personally attacked. But I really think this needs to be said. Those of you that know me have already seen this on my personal Facebook page. The following paragraphs are copied from my Facebook page, so they may seem a little off.
I am extremely disappointed in some people in this community. I have been reading and following articles on evergreenpark.patch.com and the people commenting should be ashamed of themselves. This I will say again: treat each other with respect, treat these teachers as you would want to be treated. When you are unhappy at your job or want to ask for a raise, are people driving past you yelling obscenities or commenting all over the internet on how selfish you are for wanting what is rightfully yours? Someone said the other day that this strike is dividing our community. They are so right, there are some people I will never look at the same again, such disrespect only gets you less respect.
I mean what is this teaching our kids? Someone disagrees with you so you have to belittle them. Isn't October anti bullying month? It seems all sides in this village of mine are bullying every other side. Very sad for our kids to witness all this.
I really do see where people are coming from but YOU choose to put your kids in public schools. If you really think people are "nuts" then don't send your kids there. Challenge it with the board, the village, the principals, don't attack the teachers themselves. Parents have NO PROBLEM running to principals and superintendents when they feel their kid is being treated without respect in the classroom but when the teachers try to stick up for themselves all heck breaks loose and the teachers are being personally attacked. Tell me, what is the point of calling them names? They are your children's teachers, they spend more time with your kid then you do.
I hope the above was not too confusing to follow. So please residents of Evergreen Park, be civil to each other. No more unpublished phone numbers should be put out there, no more drive by's shouting at teachers. Our kids education is suffering right now. Our community is suffering right now. I know I have said not so nice things before, I don't hide my feelings or who I am supporting. But this strike needs to stop.