|The Majorca Daily Bulletin|
Wow! I am quickly learning so much about the schools here in Spain, and more specifically, in Mallorca. I received an e-mail yesterday from one of the schools I will be working in. The language department has been in communication with me and informed me that even though I am supposed to start work on Tuesday, the teachers are striking and so I should not plan on coming into school until I hear back from them. WHAT? Oh, so that’s why I’ve seen all those green t-shirts….
Ummmm, what? How can we blame them for striking? Do you know Castilian? Do you know Catalan? What if our government suddenly told you that you would have to spend 30% of the day teaching in Castilian? Could you effectively teach math when you are only able to teach it in Catalan? I know I would not, could not, be an effective math teacher like that. The amazing thing is however, the teachers are totally fine with having to do this. It’s just that it was enforced last month. Where’s the training? Where’s the support? There is none. Give them time and they can adapt. However, time is not being provided and thus teachers are striking.