A story currently in the news covers a strike by teachers in Chicago where school professionals are picketing over issues of teacher pay, evaluations, benefits, and other in-school issues.
While working conditions are frequently the root of discontent, something we do not see very much of in this country is upheaval over issues of curriculum content.
This, however, is exactly what is going on right now in Hong Kong where thousands of people, both school professionals and families, are taking to the streets to protest the implementation of a Chinese “patriotic education” curriculum. This curriculum, taught on mainland China, includes required content that criticizes multi-party governmental systems… such as the one in place in Hong Kong. Despite protests, the government plans to implement the curriculum in some schools this fall, with the goal of having it in place in all schools by 2016.
An interesting thing to consider as a new school year starts around the world.