he 1970 film, “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” ends with Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sullenly observing that his nation might have “awakened a sleeping giant” in attacking Pearl Harbor. The quotation’s historical accuracy hasn’t been verified, but I’ve been thinking the same line could apply to slumbering public school teachers in Indiana.
A Facebook page, Support Indiana Teachers, has drawn close to 16,000 friends in just over a week. Granted, it takes little effort to click a computer key, but comments on the page indicate that teachers and other Hoosiers have finally taken note of the current anti-public education agenda and are angry enough to act.
Hundreds of educators and public education supporters showed up at the Statehouse rally Tuesday. We’re receiving an ever-increasing number of letters to the editor critical of the legislative assault.
Still, it’s probably too late. One lawmaker tells me that the newly elected majority in the House is so far to the right that support for public schools doesn’t register. The Senate GOP majority has been drifting further to the right with every election.