Thursday, March 09, 2006
What A Slack
It's been 3 days since my school is on strike. Right now, there are no classes going on campus except the night classes. Zilch! This is a state-wide strike; the teachers are on the strike for pleading improvements in their teaching environment. There are over 150,000 full-time students that are currently staying at home, or may be having fun over this unexpected longer Spring breaks... Just so you know, for the students, the reading week (a week off during the winter semester) that happened a week back + the strike can make over 10 to 15 day break in a row.
What teachers want is quite simple.
"smaller classes and more faculty so every student would get more time, more attention, and more feedback. " (OPSEU)
So they are refusing to teach while they want to better their quality in college education system. But refusing to teach really accomplish this? Doesn't really make sense, does it? I think it has more to do with the issue below-
"their salary maximum should be increased to $94,000." (The Record)
Up to this point, I really don't care about how much salary increase they'd get.
A few things that I hate about this strike is, first off, I am paying the money for learning, not having a 2 week off in the middle of my semester. 2nd, my right for learning is disrupted a big time by the school and the school faculty. They are the key elements for providing quality education, so settle down now!! 3rd and above all, there is a big chance that this winter semester overlaps into the summer break which starts in May. Which also means my summer becomes a week shorter. I was planning on returning to Japan right after the semester so I could work right when I come home. But because of this strike, the time in Japan may get squashed. I hate it.
In general, there may be a chance that some students lose some important, upgrading summer opportunities, like co-op, and upgrading exams. The school and its faculty should not have any rights to violate any opportunities for students. After all, the students are that ones paying for their education, and that is how the schools and their faculty make their own living. Without the students, these people cannot put their food on their tables.
I simply hate the idea of strike. I really do.