Teachers Strike in Iran
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday October 16, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Teachers are striking in Iran.
That is a very bad sign.
Teachers are striking in over 12 cities - especially Iran's largest cities. They are striking because, they say, their pay is too low. Iranian teachers make 4million rials per month. That large number converts to only $100 on the black market exchange rate. It is the black market rate that represents the real value of the dollar, not the official rate which is artificially determined.
Teachers in Iran, like everywhere, dedicate themselves to creating an exciting future for their students. Across the world they are abysmally underpaid … in Iran even more so.
The Coordinated Council of Teachers Syndicates in Iran asked teachers not to strike. Instead, they said, come to your schools and simply do not teach. The teachers chose to ignore that option.
Iran has underestimated the importance of their own teachers and, in so doing, is putting their future at risk.
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