Teachers Strike…in The Twilight Zone

So teachers are striking, apparently they want a living wage or something. In any event, it raises a few tricky questions.

Why is it that some of the most valuable work has the least monetary value in a capitalist society?

Why do so many teachers fail to make a living wage?

Why does “the market” (so-called) reward so many who are doing things that do nothing to better society, while so many teachers get crap for wages?

These are questions you cannot ask….in the Twilight (of Capitalism) Zone….


Teachers Strike Living Wage



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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

7 thoughts on “Teachers Strike…in The Twilight Zone”

  1. It is a sad reflection of our values. And, again, I am so fortunate and happy to live where I live. Communities need to get behind their children and support public education.

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    1. Yes, very true. It’s interesting that in recent decades, parents have been very keen to give their own children the very best that they can, to educate their own children so that their own kids can have the opportunity to achieve and live out their dreams, but alongside this, there seems to have been this push to cut back on public funding for education. It seems to be part of a greater trend where people focus very intently on themselves but not the greater community or society.


  2. The guy sitting on the cartoon bench should say that his *daughter* lives paycheck to paycheck. More than three-fourths of public school teachers grades K-12 are women; nearly 90% of primary school teachers are women. Teaching exemplifies one of the obstacles to equal pay for equal work: the whole profession pays less than other professions requiring comparable amounts of work and education. I suppose teaching is regarded as a kind of glorified childcare, which has historically been deemed women’s work, an extension of motherhood, which of course doesn’t pay for crap.

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    1. John, yes. All very true….sadly…..It’s one of the ways in which “the market” is clearly not impartial and one of the ways that class hierarchy and sexism reinforce one another.


  3. While I work at a private school and the strike wont affect me directly I support all educators and STRONGLY believe that we are losing fantastic teachers due to the fact many of us cant afford to be one! please check out my post about my teaching mistakes I have made to show a little love:)

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      1. Exactly! Only way we’ll succeed in creating a better learning environment for the students is sticking together and constantly demanding the best. We need to be the voice for them or no one else would.

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