Once upon a time in a land called America, schoolchildren were taught how to cross the street by their parents or their older siblings. Red light means the cars stop, and green light means the cars go. Wait for the red light and make sure the cars have stopped, look both ways, carefully cross the street. For decades, first graders across the nation successfully crossed the street without tens of thousands of dollars' worth of flashing lights and annoying beeping and counting and pictures of a cute little walking man at every stinking intersection.
Those early pedestrians understood that the cars were bigger than they were, and that they needed to pay attention to the traffic and what was going on around them; a grasp on reality that many of today's pedestrians have not yet achieved. As more and more laws are enacted on the pedestrian's behalf giving him the 'right of way', fewer and fewer pedestrians are taught what the right of way is or how it works. The phrase itself is frequently reduced to a weapon, something righteous for disgruntled have-nots to hold on to and disparagingly yell at those they perceive to be the haves.
Being granted the right of way means the legal right of one entity to proceed with precedence over others in a particular situation or place.
Here are some things that having the right of way does not mean:
Not everything that looks like progress automatically is. Do the crosswalk lights and timers make us a safer society, or just lazy? Or worse? Early in the morning in Any City, USA you can find people waiting for the little walking man to give them permission to cross the street, though ten minutes have passed since the last car did. Is it a fear of getting caught crossing against the light that maintains them on the corner like zombies, or more frighteningly, did crossing against the light never even occur to them?
Perhaps the issue is neither safety nor laziness, but conditioning. Law enforcement and government routinely use tricks like pulling drivers over for not using their directional to change lanes although there was no other driver behind them to see it, to turn citizens into less thoughtful beings.
Always use your directional.
Always wait for the walking man.
Pedestrians have the right of way.
Always do what the officer says.
Look around and around!
Most of all, think, think, think!
Cross when it's safe.
Blink when it is necessary.
Enjoy the right of way and be considerate.
We're all part of the same big traffic jam. The sooner we stop honking at each other, the sooner the traffic will clear.
"I want to tell you about my idea for assault rifle vending machines" is a quote from Fester Trim, one of the candidates for City Council in Pawnee, Indiana. Fester's solution to car theft is that we should all mount shotguns on our dashboards that kill anyone that tries to steal our car. Fester also believes that the way to end schoolhouse slaughters is to arm our teachers. Thank Goodness Fester is just a character in a sitcom; a caricature of an NRA Gun Nut, and that his over-stated suggestions would never be made by real politicians in real life.
What? The last suggestion isn't from Fester? It's from whom? Are you sure?
America's best, by and large, do not go into teaching. There was a time when the smartest of half the population became either a teacher or a nurse. Women that wanted to and could work had few other choices. For America's kids, it wasn't a bad deal - competence at school and at the doctor's office. As the 70s dissolved into the 80s and female presence in the workplace gradually expanded, many women began to choose not to teach, instead pursuing more money, prestige or both.
In a world of self-made billionaires and IPO fortunes and T-shirt bonanzas, going into debt to get a Master's Degree in order to land a low-paying job in which
It has been said many times, but it is worth saying again: The person in the White House is not out of touch, he is out of his mind; truly. And a puppet.
Nothing small is going to change things. We need a massive social uprising. The NEA must declare a general strike. The NEA must send a message to Congress that our teachers will not return to work until they are provided a safe work environment. Everyone in this nation is entitled to a safe work environment except our teachers, where are kids are. How messed up is this? Is there not one mention of 'safe work environment' in teachers' contracts that some hotshot lawyer can use to figure out a way for these teachers to strike without losing paychecks?
If teachers don't go to school, kids can't go to school. If kids can't go to school, parents can't go to work. If parents can't go to work, the country starts grinding to a halt. How long do you think that will go on before Congress opens a dialogue? Be forewarned that even if a miracle happened, and stricter regs were put into place, it would only be a first step, because laws aren't always enforced. But it would be a giant step for America's Mankind.
You have the power NEA, and it looks like you are the only group that does. Use it.
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