The tabloids hate us. Our neighbors spit when they utter our names. But here we are, and with our kids, we get a week off. Don't listen to the haters. You deserve every last moment.
I want to wish you a joyful and restful week. I hope you get to spend time with your families, near and far. I hope you find something you love to do, and do as much of it as you possibly can. Just smile at your neighbors.
Smile because they are not the model, and making your life worse will not make theirs better. We are one of the few professions in these United States that still allows for time to breathe, to recharge, to travel. And the fact is, it's not a problem that we get time off. It's a problem that our neighbors and friends do not. And depriving our students from that time would not address the problems perceived by the "reformers. In fact it's a problem that the politicians, paid off by the corporations, don't give a darn about.
But the OWS movement, and it's wildfire growth, suggests that people are waking up. America is paying attention. It's time for a change. It's time for all of us to wake up, stand up, and tell our country we can do better.
But right now, before we do that, it's time for you to take a break. I wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a great new year!
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