A handful of parents responded to my latest column about the ongoing teachers’ dispute.
And several of them wrote that they’re afraid to say anything critical about the conflict.
“Myself and many other parents are hesitant to speak up directly to our children’s teachers (or to even post a comment on this subject on Facebook) for fear of negative repercussions that may arise towards our kids,” wrote one reader in an e-mail. “This concern may be unwarranted, yet regardless — it remains. Sadly, the teachers have this power to take it out on the kids, so we remain silent in order to maintain a positive teacher/student relationship. In our case, the silence is deafening.”
After commenting on the column, yet another parent added, “given that I do not want my children further punished by their teachers, I ask that you not disclose my name.”
Certainly a sad state of affairs.