Let’s recap, shall we?
- Days since school was in session: 86
- School days lost to the strike: 16
- Bargaining sessions scheduled: 0
Oy. If anyone had told me, way back last spring, that my kids were about to go 86 straight days without school, I would’ve laughed. I would not have believed that the powers that be could allow such a thing to happen. I would have assumed that all involved would realize the effect this would have on the half-million kids in this province who rely on public education to give them the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a healthy democratic society. And when the last two weeks of the school year got erased in June, I figured the two sides would use the summer months to cool off, man up and hammer out a deal.
But I was wrong.
I know there are important principles involved. I know there are passionate advocates on both sides. And I know there are no easy solutions.
But at this point, I don’t even care who “wins.” I just want my kids to be able to go to school.