Thompson: Why Teachers Should Support School Staff
When a teacher's job is saved, her paycheck is brought home to whatever neighborhood hor she lives in and his or her children who probably attend a higher-performing school. When an inner-city security guard or cafeteria lady's job is saved, his or her income (and children) probably remain in the neighborhood. That's part of why classroom teachers should remember Dafney Tales' post in the Philadelphia Inquirer and protest when our co-workers in schools do not get equal respect as classroom teachers. Supporting non-classroom staff is an indirect but important way of helping students. In fact, rather than proposing $30 billion to avert teacher layoffs, President Obama should promise the money to save school jobs. Teachers should remind taxpayers of a key reason why all school workers should be valued equally. - JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.