Over the last 20 years ago, non-educators have stumbled over our troubled inner city schools. These do-gooders made the snap judgment that the way to help kids was to destroy the system that they defined as the "status quo."
By reducing the strike to a clash between Lewis and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Michelle Rhee was also able to ignore the powerful voices of tens of thousands of teachers, parents and students who filled Chicago's streets.
If you were following the CTU strike, you might have been dismayed by the union's failure to suspend the strike last Sunday night. We have an inside perspective from UIC Professor Steven Ashby, who helped organize the contract campaign.
With all the hullabaloo, it's easy to overlook one of the most striking features of last week's strike: From park districts to libraries to not-for-profits to private homes -- almost every kid in this increasingly dangerous city had a safe place to ride out the strike.
Teachers have become more than teachers. They are surrogate parents, social workers and disciplinarians. They have one of the toughest professional jobs and there are "evaluation" factors that may not be put on a form.