College Student From Geneva Weighs In on Teachers Issue Via YouTube

Chris Hanson asks Geneva teachers to consider why they went into teaching and considering calling off a strike.

In the old days, we wrote letters to the editor. In this day and age, you can make your opinion known in a way that's more personal, more nuanced and more direct by making a YouTube video.

That's exactly what Chris Hanson did when he posted this comment on Geneva Patch at .

"Hey there everybody, I made a video to address the teachers, and help give them the perspective of a former graduate and current college student. I was told that this was the best and quickest way to get this video out to the community and the teachers. 

The five-minute video is titled "To the Teachers of the Geneva School District."  In it, Hanson, a Chicago College of Performing Arts student and 2010 Geneva High School graduate, talks about the pay cuts and benefit reductions to symphony orchestras across the country.

In the video, Hanson speaks directly to Geneva teachers, and asks them not to strike. The Geneva Education Association filed its 10-day notice of intent to strike and teachers could start picketing as soon as Nov. 9.

"I'm not under the impression or the delusion that my five-minute video is going to stop or prevent a strike from happening," Hanson says. "But, again, my goal of this video was just to bring the perspective of me, a former graduate of GHS and a current college student, to you, the teachers of Geneva School District."


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Melissa November 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Chris, I didn't say it was a Geneva High School teacher did I? It is not what the button says, but what it represents, who it is worn in front of, and why it is worn in the presence of kids and even in a totally unrelated venue that is wrong in my opinion. But the assumption that I am "shallow" does I think reflect more on your comments than my opinion.
Chris November 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Julie November 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
There are a few people that don't deserve any replies on this whole topic because they can't see the forest through the trees. To name them...Chris, Tom Fortune, Pat L, Thomas and Jill. They will pick on ANYONE who doesn't agree w/their views and they will usually do so by name-calling. I don't have ANY respect for any teacher who wears the green garbage at this point in the game. Chris doesn't understand that it's not just high school at EYSO anyway.
Hal Shallow November 05, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Dear Chris and Melissa- Is your real name Hal?
Chris November 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM


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