Education: Out in the Cold

The thermometer in the school window stood at 1° above zero, and bitter winds howled in off Lake Michigan. Bundled up in parkas and woolen face masks, a platoon of teachers stood shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalk and honked bicycle horns at anyone who pushed through their picket lines. "Scab! Scab!" and "Shame!" they shouted. "Don't go in! There aren't any children in there!" The few teachers who did venture in found the building virtually empty—and chilling; custodians honored picket lines by refusing to provide more than 55° of heat. The teachers sat at children's low tables, huddling...

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