Fifth-graders at Stevens Elementary in Seattle took a page out of the teachers union’s handbook when they discovered a traditional, three-day field trip had been canceled. They formed a picket line and protested. The Seattle Times:
“What do we want?” “Camp!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” they chanted in late April as part of a “camp-in” outside their school.
The playground protesters have now been granted their wish. The annual fifth-grade camping trip to Camp Orkila in the San Juan Islands has been rescheduled for mid-June. But the fifth-grade teachers refuse to go, and after demonstrations on the playground, a camp-in and parent meetings, some students aren’t going, either.
It’s unclear why teachers are refusing to attend. But, the Seattle teachers union did give a hint as to the reason. The Seattle Times:
Phyllis Campano, acting president of the Seattle teachers union, said the teachers did have concerns about safety, specifically student behavior, and they wanted to have more adults than the minimum requirement.
“It was about putting the right supports in place, like extra staffing (on the field trip),” Campano said. “The teachers felt the district didn’t do that.”
Notice that teachers’ “concerns about safety” specifically include “student behavior.” Looks like the teachers union doesn’t like it when the tables are turned and union members are the ones facing certain demands by protest.
We wonder what would happen if students and parents held illegal teachers’ strikes against teachers and cited “safety concerns,” specifically “union behavior?”
Photo via The Seattle Times.