I often think of the raw deal you've been given when I'm on the line. Your child has moved on from our labour dispute weeks ago, and is enjoying an early break to their summer. But we haven't mentioned in the media enough about how much you've been inconvenienced with the erratic interruptions to your work schedule and the juggling you've undertaken to keep everyone in your care safe, engaged, and happy.
Routine is important for adults as well, and as a parent I must admit I have come to rely heavily upon the school schedule to guide the transition to summer. It is human nature to mark our changes with beginnings, middles and endings. A common complaint is that June is busy with closing ceremonies, awards nights, and all sorts of wind up parties -- nonetheless both the parents and children benefit from these rites of closure.
When my students ask me who has to follow the law, should I answer everyone except the government? Previously, I taught that a contract was binding for both parties. You are teaching that a contract is something you can tear up when you don't like it. Why would anyone ever sign a contract with a clause that says the other party doesn't have to honour it?
We need something else. Something I try to teach my students. We need open minds and open hearts. This polarization of two sides, teachers' union versus the government, does not serve anyone well. It does not serve our students well. We need you to consider that maybe, just maybe, we do need to reinvest in our education system. Maybe what is needed is for people like you to pick up your phone and call your MLA (or email them).