Hawaii Teacher: Work To Rule Protests Highlight An Impossible Situation

Susan Kay Anderson

Work-to-the-rule is something teachers practice poorly at best and not at all at worst. Leaving campus, locking doors, and arriving close to the time the actual paid work day begins does send a strong physical message to school personnel and to students by teachers removing their bodies from the worksite.

This is nearly impossible to do. It is similar to striking: it breeds contempt towards one’s co-workers who choose to maintain the status quo in order to avoid being viewed as trouble makers by the administration.

Approximately half of all teachers are willing to practice work-to-the-rule. They close their doors, they exit the school when their official work day ends and they do not attend after-school activities or weekend events.

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