How to talk to your kids about the strike
Here are some questions that will help you start a discussion with your children about the strike at their age level.
For children in grades K-5: Here are some questions you could ask your kids about the teachers’ strike to start a conversation. (These are just examples to get you started, please modify and add your own questions.)
How do you feel when you see your teachers holding signs outside of your school?
Why do you think they are out there?
What would you like to see changed at your school?
Who is trying to change that?
How can your family help them?
For children in grades 6-12: Here are some questions you could ask your kids about the teacher strike to start a conversation. (These are just examples, please modify and add your own questions.)
How do you feel when you read things on social media and see posts by your teachers and other sources about their fight to support public education?
Do you agree with your teachers decision to strike? What are your friends saying about the school district and the teachers?
How do you feel about your class sizes and other resources at your school?
Would you like to see those conditions changed in your school? Would you like anything else to change at your school?
How are teachers on strike trying to change this? How does the District say it plans to change this?
Do you think it would help your friends, school, or community if your family supported the teachers efforts during the strike? The District?
Some parents have found the following books to be helpful in explaining the strike and collective bargaining to children:
Click, Clack, Moo: About cows who stop giving milk until they get electric blankets (ages 5-8);
Side by Side/Lado a Lado (ages 6-9): about Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and the fight for farmworkers’ rights;
Si Se Puede: About a janitors’ strike from the perspective of a boy whose mother is striking (Ages 7-12).
Joelito's Big Decision: La Gran Decisión de Joelito: About a boy and his family who decide whether or not to cross the picket line (Ages 6-12).