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Taking a Stand: Our Kids Are Worth It

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It’s Day #3 of the teachers strike. This means it’s Day #3 of me not subbing.  Here are my thoughts.

From a Substitute Teacher

I do not like this teachers’ strike
I do not like what Beutner’s like
I do not like the pouring rain
I do not like the money drain

I don’t like subbing without insurance
Until 100 days worked. (Yeah, that’s assurance!)

But…

I do not like the crowded classes
And kids on phones who act like asses
I don’t like pencils thrown at my head
(Sometimes they throw milk cartons instead)

I don’t like kids who curse me out
I don’t like asking them not to shout
I don’t like feeling I’m a babysitter
But I refuse to teach and come home bitter

So…

I’m standing with teachers
I’m taking my chances
That L.A. wakes up
And our culture advances

If we all do not want guns in school
And we want kids who think (not just follow rules)
If we want less bullies
If we want kids to be kind
Then let’s value our teachers
Let’s all walk the line

It’s time to make the class sizes shrink
So kids can grow and laugh and think
We need to make school a beautiful space
Where kids feel heard… where kids feel safe

Let’s bring back the music
Let’s bring back the laughter
Let’s bring back the joy
‘Cause the fact of the matter is

If you cherish our future
And you value our kids
Then do what the teachers
Finally just did

They took a stand
To change the game
Now come on, L.A….
Will you do the same?

Andrea Frazer Paventi
Proud LAUSD Sub 

Pictured: My beautiful peeps at my home school.

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