battling the dilemmas

Nibbling at the conscience like

Those little fish in pedicure shops

Where they have those tanks

With fish that eat the skin.

I wish we didn’t care this much.

I wish we didn’t have to make this choice.

What once was just a nibble from a friendly fish,

Is now the gnashing of a pike. It hurts

And it’s likely to get worse.

So, I hadn’t really educated myself on what strike action really meant and now that the union has decided to take action, I have suddenly had to really get to grips with what that means and whether or not I wish to take part.

How do you choose between the fair pay for teachers and the provision of quality care and teaching for kids? And if you don’t strike, are you actually harming the education of future children? And can you afford to take the days unpaid when you’re a single mother in the middle of a cost of living crisis?

So many things to consider, and I don’t know how to answer any of these questions. This government has got a lot to answer for.

Much Love

Rachel xx

3 thoughts on “battling the dilemmas

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It all puts you in a terrible position, Rachel. I won’t presume to suggest what you should do, but I do have sympathy. It’s a real quandary. As you say, if conditions had been fair in the first place… I just wonder what’s going to happen now.

  2. clcouch123

    I have never been part of a strike, as a teacher or anyone else. I’ve never had the chance. I think you concisely note crucial issues involved for you, the profession, and the students. I would not presume to advise though I can affirm your open, thoughtful way.

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