Out of touch

One is forcibly struck by the language of unionists representing teachers in Greece’s secondary education.

The union folk do not miss a single opportunity to urge the public to “rise up” against the government or “the system” as it were, and in general they tend to utilize a dull, shallow and deeply partisan language that echoes their disinterest in the quality of the country’s education.

However, their populist utterings fall mostly on deaf ears. People are different, more mature these days. Parents want the schools to remain open. Similarly, the majority of students are against strike action, because they want to get on with their studies and find a job.

The vast majority of the population agrees that petty party and union games will solve none of the pressing and complex problems facing society today.

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