Tomorrow, Wednesday, thousands of teachers associated with South African Democratic Teachers’ Union around the country are expected to strike.
The strike which Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s department has called illegal, is part of the campaign to have the minister and her Director-General Bobby Soobrayan removed from office.
The union’s website says that the marches are meant to increase the pressure on Motshekga and Soobrayan to resign from their incumbent positions in defense of collective bargaining and promotion of quality public education.
Anyway, while teachers prepare to march tomorrow, Barack Obama has delivered a speech at the US Teacher of the Year Event.
It’s hard to wake up in the morning with dreadful pictures splashed across our newspapers. The news of the Boston bomb blasts, the dead, and the injured devastated many across the globe. Not only do I despair for well all of us, but explaining to my children that the world isn’t a pink marshmallow always crushes my spirits.
Then I got a tweet to say I should focus on the the people who rushed to help, and I saw that Ezra Klein had posted ‘If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon’ on his Washington Post blog, Wonkblog. In the piece he writes:
If you are losing faith in human nature today, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon. The flood of donations crashed the Red Cross’s Web site. The organization tweeted that its blood supplies are already full. People are lining up outside of Tufts Medical Center to try and help. Runners are already vowing to be at marathons in the coming weeks and months. This won’t be the last time the squeakers run Boston. This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible.