As I was driving around the city last week, I enjoyed honking my horn whenever I saw a group of striking teachers. I gave them a big thumbs up and they cheered. Cheap thrill I guess, but I'll take my thrills whenever I can get them.
Lessons I learned from the strike that I already knew but needed to be reminded:
Pay attention to the people who are actually doing the work and facing the conditions they fight to improve. Outside "education reform" think tanks don't have "cred."
The parents who supported the teachers surprised the media who thought they would immediately hate being inconvenienced.
A democratically run Union, which apparently is what the teachers Union became under new leadership, may be messier, but is stronger.