Bonnie, that was great.
You pointed out something I forgot to: Most teacher strikes aren't about wanting a raise, they're about not wanting to take a pay cut. Seems like every time a contract comes up, the districts are trying to take away more than they offer in raises - something they no doubt have learned from big business.
Which is exactly the problem, schools are being run as if they are a business. Seems like a good idea to some, but in reality it doesn't work all that well.
Insofar as trying to control a classroom full of 8th graders goes: no thanks. Just being around them to fix shit is more than enough for me.