Oklahoma’s governor compared teachers to bratty teens. We should stand with them.

While every school district is different, most of us have at least heard about the many schools in our public education system that are just not doing well .

Materials are out of date, there aren’t enough resources for every student, and educators, who are already overworked — no, they don’t genuinely get summertimes off — aren’t getting paid enough. In fact, as the National Education Association points out, educators can actually earn less pay per year as the requirements for their chore become more and more daunting. That’s why so many of them have second undertakings.

That’s not all: Educators often have to pay out of pocket for required ongoing training and dip into their own bank accounts( or turn to GoFundMe or Donor Choose) to source crucial classroom furnishes. On top of all that, they are often expected to be not just instructors but counselors, de facto parents, and confidantes for many of their students.

A protester at the nation capitol in Oklahoma. Photo by J Pat Carter/ AFP/ Getty Images.

All that and no living wage? It’d be enough to attain most people walk out of their job.

That’s why the teachers strike in Oklahoma is so important. But the teachers aren’t only striking for themselves. Although Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure that would give educators an annual pay create of around $6,100( they had asked for $10,000, and $5,000 for support staff ), educators abandoned their classrooms this week to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves: the students.

According to CNN, Oklahoma has find school money drop by 28% over the past decade, leading to unthinkable class sizings( one special education classroom, a teacher said, had reached 40 students ), textbooks that are embarrassingly out of date, and harsh limits on even the smallest items — with some schools being limited to stimulating merely 30 newspaper copies per week. And that’s at the heart of what educators are fighting for: More funding for their schools — aka a brighter future for students.

What does Gov. Fallin think of all this? She compared the instructors to “bratty teens.”

Speaking to CBS on April 3, Fallin basically compared the educators’ protest to something you might insure on an old episode of that show about spoiled teens, “My Super Sweet 16. ” You know, where a kid has a meltdown because their parents dedicated them their Lexus too early.

“Teachers want more, ” Fallin said, “but it’s like kind of having a teenage child that wants a better car.”

Yes, except for the fact that a “better car” is something one wants , while a strong educational foundation is something that children absolutely need .

A student at the state capitol during the teachers’ walkout in Oklahoma. Photo by Scott Heins/ Getty Images.

And it’s even less of a pertinent talking phase when you realize that before Fallin approved this raise, Oklahoma teachers hadn’t had one for 10 years. Or when you consider that Oklahoma ranks at 49 in the nation when it comes to teacher wages, even though median wages in other professions in the country aren’t so far behind.

One teacher did the math on her wages and found that her salary broke down to just about $12 an hour. As the BBC video below indicates, one teacher has only 29 books for more than 80 students. There are no art classes. No nurses. In some districts, children only go to school four days a week.

The bottom line is this: Teachers deserve better than they’re getting. And so do the students.

They deserve up to date books, engaging learning materials, and teachers who are fairly paid, if still overworked( it’s unlikely that will ever change ). When the next generation is better educated than the last, we all win.

Until we move closer to that solution, though, we shouldn’t malign teachers as bratty teens for leaving their classrooms empty. We should champion for the changes they’re working so hard to create.

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