"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Friday, November 14, 2014

Teachers' Sit-Down Strike in the Philippines?

Was there a strike? Perusing the cover pages of the major newspapers in the Philippines seems to convey that there was no strike yesterday. The following are the cover pages for this Saturday, November 15, 2014:

Manila Bulletin
The Philippine Star

Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Manila Times

The sit-down strike staged by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines is nowhere to be found in any of the above leading newspapers in the country. It might just be a coincidence but two papers even have photos of pupils in elementary schools participating in an earthquake drill:

This is in marked contrast with the teachers' strike that happened in Chicago on September 10, 2012:
Above copied from
University of Chicago Harper Lecture with Timothy Knowles 
But there was a strike, Facebook pages of ACT and its friends show photos of yesterday's sit-down strike. The following are examples:

Yet, what public school teachers did yesterday seem not newsworthy to the Philippines' major dailies.

1 comment:

  1. Because the leaders are involve in politics and they are active on embsrrassing the government but mum on the corruption scandal of the vice president binay as their ally.