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The impending shutdown through the eyes of a teacher

Before the “Work the Contract” initiative began on March 12th, Cameron would spend time before and after school (and on weekends) making lesson plans, grading, calling parents, making copies, planning activities, organizing group work, and meeting with his coaches, principal and data team.  Now the time to complete these duties is confined to his 55 minute planning period (contractual time afforded to allow teachers to attend to business outside of their classroom) each day.  His regular 80/hr work week has been reduced to forty. “I am having a hard time not bringing any work home,” said Cameron. “It feels like a slap in the face that we have to prove to our legislators how much work this takes.”

When the narrative changes…

We now live in the postmodern era where people on a daily basis are combating social, political, and economic issues that plague and effect all.  Though these issues require a systematic approach toward rectification, it is quite evident that the narrative behind the problem is unquestionably vital. Cultural crusading, in this case, play a role in policy change, particularly for groups interested in influencing dogmatic narratives. It can also play a role in making ourselves visible and challenging narratives at the level of culture (and popular culture in particular).