Defend Public Education

Metro Times Cover Story on Detroit Teachers’ Struggle to Defend Public Education

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Conaway on January 31, 2010

Sondra Svoboda has written a piece that gives a great overview and outline of how this struggle came to be and where we’re at now. Written in the poetic style of Shakespeare, it’s also an entertaining read. Here’s an Exerpt:

ACT I, Scene 2 (At the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ union meeting, December 2009)

Keith Johnson on the stage:

…To Bobb, or not to Bobb: That is the question: 
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer 
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, 
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, 
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep.
MR. ROMEO (seated in the audience)
Director’s note: Mr. Romeo represents the rank-and-file teacher, angry at what he perceives as his union leadership selling out to the politically appointed Bobb. He must be pedagogical, notably angry and a touch anti-authority in his approach.
President of our union band,
So-called “reform” is here at hand,
And the contract mistook by me
Is pleading for a teacher’s fee.
$250 that I give to thee?
Shall we their silly pageant see?
Lord, what fools these leaders be!

We do not approve your plan.
Now listen up, you purchased man.
Your views have sold us down and out
Hear us now or we’ll just shout.
We move to stop our paychecks taken,
We move to make the presidency vacant,
We move to count our vote recall,
We move to remove you, once and for all.

Check out the full story:  Metro Times – News+Views: Labor’s love lost.


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  1. detroitteacher said, on January 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Teachers unite with County and City Workers


    March starts at the Coleman A Young Municipal Center and goes the The Guardian Building (Wanye Co. offices)

    Clik link for details:

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