London parents react to action by education workers
Parents woke up Friday morning to confirmation from local school boards that classes had been cancelled.
Another disruption to the children’s education caused Mason Haworth to spend his unexpected Friday playing basketball, but he would have preferred to be in class.
“It’s just fun and I like to learn,” Hawroth said.
“My son loves school and I think that’s what bothers me the most, these kids need to be in school like they’ve lost so much. They don’t need to lose anymore,” said Melissa Haworth, Mason’s mother.
Other parents were flocking to local parks while trying to make the best of a situation that will get tough the longer it lasts.
“It’s a bit of a pain…I had to stop working for it. So I’m losing money now. And he’s losing his education. So it sucks a bit,” said Erik Hennessey.
“I feel very sorry for the children and the parents of the children. I feel really bad for them because they haven’t been to school for almost three years,” parent Jill Ellis-Worthington said.
That sense of frustration is obvious – kids switching between classroom learning and remote learning wasn’t supposed to happen this year.
But where is the blame, the government or the union, is not an easy question.
“It’s kind of boring, you know, I mean, it’s like the third time or the second time at least, so I kind of choose the parents’ side at this point,” Hennessey said.
“[I] actually expected the government to negotiate not just ignore them and continue to ignore them and instead of negotiating they spend their time trying to get this bill passed,” Haworth said.
The longer any work action lasts the more upset parents will be with many not knowing what plans they have to make for the next week and for many there is no choice but to stay home and miss out the work themselves.