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Walter’s Perspective: Teacher Contract Dispute Has Become Schoolyard Fight

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CHICAGO (CBS) – I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I say enough of the Chicago Board of Ed and the teachers’ union behaving like nasty, noisy roughnecks, punching each other out on a play lot.

It could be they think that’s how to negotiate a contract, screaming at each other. “We care about the children.” “Oh, no you don’t.” “Oh, yes we do.” “You don’t.”

A bunch of brats whining at each other, talking trash and confusing children, upsetting 8th-graders, frightening first-graders. Unreasonable adults teaching children to be unreasonable, setting the worst kind of example, for which they ought to be in dunce caps and standing in a corner.

Luckily, that’s not the whole story about public education in Chicago. I know of a teacher, and a principal, who are setting the best kind of example, on our news here at 6 o’clock Friday.

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