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Students Strive to Remain Open Minded About Teachers' Strike

As the Lake Forest High School strike continues into its second day, students try to see both sides of the story

As moves into , students said they are trying to keep an open mind concerning both sides, as they also try to keep up with their education.

"Our teachers tried to explain all of this to us in their point of view," said Cecilia Rasgado, a junior at LFHS. "It's very personal to them. … One of my teachers told us that in the past, his friends have stood up for something and he was very inspired by them." 

"After hearing a lot of points of views, I feel like I understand why they see [the strike] as a good thing," Clare Martin, also a junior, added. "But also, it's our junior year and it's one of the most important years of high school, academically. It's taken a toll on us as individuals, so it's been hard." 

Rasgado and Martin noted that they have been taking advantage of the college prep classes — which are offering students assistance on studying for their ACTs/SATs and writing their college essays — but attendance isn't mandatory, and they're concerned about making up for lost time once the strike is over and the traditional schedule resumes. 

"I hope they don't get upset whatever the verdict is, and they don't just pile on homework," said Farah Hasahim, a sophomore at LFHS. "I know that [Advanced Placement] classes have a certain amount of stuff that they have to squeeze in."

LFHS students will have to make up the time missed during the strike later in the academic year. 

The students noted that communication has been difficult throughout the duration of the strike, as they were told that teachers would not be responding to their emails, and they're relying on the school website (as well as other students' Facebook statuses) to keep them informed.

Lizzie Anderson, a sophomore at LFHS, noted that the strike has already begun to take a toll on students.

"There's a lot of rumors going around," Anderson said. "The first day, we were just happy we had a day off. If it goes on awhile, it will get very stressful to catch up."

Meg Martin agreed with Anderson, adding: "We haven't had a full week of school yet. I'm having trouble getting into the swing of things." 

Hasahim, Anderson and Meg Martin noted that they'd been spending the time off trying to stay on top of their school work, attending sports practices (some of which have remained as scheduled), shopping and watching movies, while also striving to remain engaged and informed throughout the strike.

"I definitely understand both points of view," Claire Martin said. "I might be a little biased because I'm a student, but it's important to keep a well-rounded view." 

Rasgado added, "I feel for everybody. I'm just going with the flow and hoping for the best."

LFSenior13 September 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I love that my junior friends are taking advantage of the act courses available to them. As a senior I took the day off to go on a campus visit. I'm just concerned that if this doesn't get resolved soon I won't be able to get my college recs from teachers for my apps.
John Groß September 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It seems that many parents could learn from their children/ these students.
John Utah September 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
@JohnGrob they are also scared out of their mind to say anything otherwise for fear of retaliation in grades and not getting those college recs the Senior above needs.
Stevie Janowski September 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Way to interview the most neutral kids ever
Me September 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
My guess is that most parents have avoided open discussion of their opinion and points of view with their children. However, teachers have not shown the same restraint and have taken every opportunity to plead their case with the victims of their actions.
LFSenior13 September 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
My parents and I have talked about it a lot actually. It's been quite interesting as we discuss our views and such. It's scary to think that one day I (hopefully) will become a teacher and might have to do something like this. As a teenager I don't know what my circumstances would be to have to follow through on striking but I honestly can see both sides and just wish for an agreement to happen soon.
Gary September 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
You will never "have" to do something like this. These teachers didn't have to do this. They chose to do it. The football coach chose to go back to work. He made his own choice. You may choose to do something like this as the teachers have done, but you are an individual, and you can always make your own choices and control your own destiny in accordance with your values and character.
LF Mom September 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Actually, based on what I've seen and read over the last two days I'd say we can be very proud of our children. They seem to be more open minded and caring than many adults. LFSenior-your comment absolutely made my day. Being able to see both sides is a life skill that will serve you well and help make you a successful teacher. And Me-my hope is that more vs. less will use this experience as a teachable moment as there is much to learned here.
Me September 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Unions strip that individuality. They make the decision for you and then coerce you into doing what may not be right and may not be in your own best interests. Then it is up to you to decide whether you still want to be in the union. Odd.....you could say the same thing about gangs.
ddsz September 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Teachers are always teaching our kids to be individuals and to be self reliant. Now they have the opportunity to show them and not just tell them.
joe molob September 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM
You guys are a bunch of "see both sides" weenies. The teachers are screwing the kids for a few more bucks. If they don't want to be teachers the school district should find people who do.
LF Parent September 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM
At what point can the Board fire the striking teachers and reopen the school? Surely as Educators the whole point is to Educate. What an appalling example the teachers are setting, and these are the people we are paying to set a good example. Their message seems to be "Screw the kids, We Want More"
lbwest September 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
they should be happy they have jobs and make more money than any of their counterparts in any other area schools. selfish.
Love2read September 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
@LFSenior13 Excellent comments, it shows that you are thinking about the events of the day. As we get older we tend to become more set in our opinions. Keep an open mind and always ask questions.
Rick Ross September 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
These girls do not represent the student body. As a senior, personally I'm happy we have no school, I hope a deal isn't reached so we can have replacement teachers. Many of my teachers quite frankly are not worth what they get and should be replaced. It's an issue for the board and the union to resolve, there's nothing I can do about it so I'm gonna enjoy my time off. I've spent my days off doing anything but school work. This situation is comical to me, lets hope it drags on.
Stevie Janowski September 14, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Hopefully when your a teacher there will be no unions
Stevie Janowski September 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM
You the rapper or highway rick ross? Also good post though, I agree with you fire em all. Mrs. Gibson is a prime example of not being worth it, she is worthless
Danielle Mayer September 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Stop being so mean and hurtful! I'm really proud the students doing this. You have no right to be so mean and vindictive. It's like your still in High School and being the mean kid @ school. Learn some decorum and act like an adult.
Martha Hershenson September 14, 2012 at 08:41 PM
The negotiating process needs to be supported by all of us. The teachers have a right to a contract. We need to stop attacking individual teachers and/or bloggers. There is a need to post positive solutions to the problem at hand. The teachers have my total support.
One Opinion September 15, 2012 at 03:39 AM
There are so many really STRONG and DEDICATED teachers at LFHS, but unfortunately there are too many that abuse the system and do nothing but the minimum to get by. Parents and students are tired of it, and this fact has caused us to get angry now with all that has happened. I can honestly say while our (my family) income has significantly diminished over the years, we have fought hard to stay here because of those REALLY GOOD teachers. They have earned our respect and our desire to find a way to pay them top salaries, but PLEASE good teachers, put pressure on those you know who have brought your barganing power and professionalism down. They have hurt your ability to retain community support.
Alec September 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Basically on my days off ive just been getting shitfaced
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Now you know that is ridiculous Teachers like to teach regardless of what is going on now Just like football players that holdout, once over everything is back to normal
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Yes because teachers are used to explaining things Odd that thy think an informed citizenry is important
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
How quickly would you like test scores to drop? How quickly do yu want to remove a support network for children still recovering from multiple suicides?
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Weird Pretty sure they are going to be making less than their counterparts...guess you haven't read the contract....
Stevie Janowski September 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
@Jeff that is simply not true, wouldn't you look at a kid differently if their parents were bashing you online? Uh yeah..
Stevie Janowski September 16, 2012 at 02:06 AM
@Daniellemayer your right i am not still in high school, and either are in of the lfhs students either. Not the students fault or the BOE
Lennie Jarratt September 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
This happens all over. Some of the biggest bullies around are union bosses. I've story after story like this. Just recently, a school board member in another district had to put their child into a private school to stop the bullying by the entrenched teachers there.

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