Here's the original story in the N&O. Here's the comment:
The only way teachers will get the respect, working conditions, and salary they deserve and thereby greatly improve the education system is to stop being so supposedly selfless and stop doing what they do until the government agrees to properly recognize their worth and the worth of students and the educational process. Politicians exploit the natural tendency of teachers to want to be there for their students no matter what, even sacrificing their own health and well-being in the process.
However, that dedication, while praiseworthy in the short term, is in the long run detrimental to students and education. Teachers would actually show more dedication if they put their jobs on the line and went on strike. However, they would have to be much more unified in doing so than I have ever seen them be.
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