So things have been quite hectic at work, causing a bit of a delay in the writing of my next blog. I was also waiting for some more news, or anti-teacher arguments to combat with real facts.
Today I got my ammunition in the form of an ETT email blast. Among other things, it asked members to come up with their most creative signs and hold them up in front of local Liberal MPP's places of business.
Is this really how we want to convince the 52% of individuals who do not support us in our latest struggle to side with us?
I get it. Joe the Carpenter, who is trying to feed his family of 4, who doesn't receive 20 sick days a year, or "13 weeks of vacation," who doesn't work a "9 to 3" job, and who doesn't want his "thousands" of tax dollars wasted on teachers who make more than "$97,000" a year, is suddenly going to say:
"Hey, I love your sign. You know what, you have officially convinced me to join your side against Bill 115!"
Is this really what is going to happen?
Are people going to be convinced?
The media is going to film these creative sign makers and use it as just another example of "whining" teachers. Teachers who have enough time to make signs, but complain that they are overworked.
If this isn't the most ridiculous waste of time and/or attempt at educating the public I don't know what is. Other than perhaps those ETFO commercials that have been airing recently...
When is this collection of individuals going to get it together?
You win by educating. You win with facts. You win with convincing arguments.
You don't win by holding up signs.