10/09/2012 12:21 pm ET

My Private School Guilt

Last month, in the midst of Chicago’s seven-day teachers’ strike that left thousands of parents across the city scrambling for childcare, I ran into a neighbor at the grocery store who looked as though she was holding onto her sanity by a thread. “Soon,” she said to me, through gritted teeth. “The strike’ll be over soon, right?”

I nodded sympathetically.

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