By: Jericho Cook
For those of you that don’t know, Orange County is one of the most liberal counties in the entire state of North Carolina, so it comes as no surprise to me that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District (located within Orange County, NC) is going to shut down and cancel classes on March 8th in accordance with the “A Day Without a Woman” strike.
The school district released a statement via its Facebook page yesterday afternoon, which concluded with the following resolution:
While Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools values and supports its female employees, the decision to close schools is not a political statement. It is entirely about the safety of students and the district’s inability to operate with a high number of staff absences.
Whether or not you agree with the premise of this strike, there is a major problem with entire school districts being forced to shut down because so many employees are refusing to come into work. And whether Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools wants to admit it or not, their decision is, in fact, a political statement.
This decision reminds me of the top Democrats that refused to remain standing during a second ovation for Carryn Owens, the widow of fallen Navy SEAL, Ryan Owens, during President Donald Trump’s joint address to congress.
Educating children, which is an oath teachers swear to uphold, is more important than making a political statement; the same way that honoring the widow of a fallen American hero is more important than making a political statement.
Could you imagine what would happen if a hospital had to close down because so many employees were refusing to come into work? How about if service men and women refused to defend the country?
The role of teachers and of a school district is to put the students first, and unfortunately the decision of these teachers and of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District just shows that they have decided their own self-interests are more important than putting the students first.