ERIC Number: ED139080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Fence Mending After the Strike.
Keough, William F., Jr.
Individuals who have been on all sides of a teacher strike need positive outlets for winding down; such outlets should be carefully designed by the superintendent of schools. The first group to be considered is the public--both the sympathetic public and the angry public. Another group that must be dealt with are overresponsive strike leaders disappointed by their sudden loss of the limelight. Also important are righteous school board members whose former regard for teachers has turned to enmity and spite. Attention also must be paid to potential conflicts between unwilling strikers, enthusiastic strikers, and teachers who were "out sick" during the strike, to similar potential difficulties between building principals, and to the differing attitudes of parents who are angry about the strike, parents who supported the strike, and parents who are willing to forget the strike. Faced with this situation, the superintendent should 1) aid reconciliation between the school board and teacher leaders, 2) foster a climate for educational renewal, 3) brief all staff members on the new contract, 4) launch a community and teacher involvement program, 5) maintain a statesmanlike demeanor, and 6) exercise persistent leadership in order to help people help themselves. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (106th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 24-28, 1974)