Regarding the article on “Betsy DeVos Chiding OK teachers for walking out” (April 10). She admonished educators to keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place.
What place might that be? This billionairess appears to have no real grasp of the fundamental issues here — the welfare of both the children and teachers are inextricably intertwined. What affects one affects the other.
This is not an adult “issue or squabble” — it is the future of the children who will be running this country. If we do not value that enough to provide the resources to keep qualified educators in their state — what are we saying about investing in our children? If pay raises could have been accomplished by conventional means — it would have happened years ago. But it has not, and here, we are at a crisis point for two of the most valuable segments of society — our children and their teachers.
When I worked in Oklahoma as a counselor, I saw teachers buying everything from supplies, to clothing and shoes for children in need — out of their own pockets.
There is an old expression, “Put your money where your mouth is.”
If Betsy DeVos is concerned about their return to the classroom, perhaps she could contribute a part of her billions to funding long overdue pay increases to our most unsung heroes — our teachers. They shape our future and give our kids the wings to fly. What price will we put on that?