Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail ...And talks fail for the reason teachers' unions are most afraid of, being held to account for their performance. I'm sick to death of hearing the crying and whining from those who apparently see absolutely NO WAY to evaluate teachers so as to provide our children only the BEST, MOST EFFECTIVE educators. I know there are some educators among us on USMB who will likely take tons of offense and attempt to knee jerk to labeling me "anti teacher". But before you do, tell me what other profession is exempted from any of the direct effects of their performance. Teachers, for some inexplicable reason, have set themselves apart from the rest of society in that they'd like us all to believe there is no way to accurately gauge their effectiveness as all apparent failures MUST be pinned on the parents, society, demographics or some other arbitrary influence. These people were offered an ENTIRE YEAR to "tweak" the new evaluation proposals to ENSURE that everything possible was done in creating a legitimate, fair means by which to measure success. As a result of the unions' refusal to allow their people to do their job, about 400,000 Chicago students will be running the streets today, tomorrow and beyond. Great idea in a city with an exploding murder rate. Now I get why you might not want to be held to account for doing your job. We all have days when we wish we'd done things differently. But for the love of all things ridiculously deceitful, STOP standing in the way of more PROGRESSIVE (gotta love that word) educators and systems who do in fact hold their staff to account and whose success or failure depends entirely on their own ability to do their job. Their track record speaks for itself and when they fail, they're gone. Unlike you who fight for the "right to fail".