Major props to TimeOut Kids Chicago for a terrific slide show of children out on the picket lines supporting their teachers in Chicago. Check it out and send it around. It’s a good antidote to those criticizing the strike on supposed behalf of the children.

"If you’ve spent any time around the various rallies and picket lines around the city, beyond the high-energy songs, chants and cheers, one thing has stuck out: A lot of kids are joining their teachers on the line. Some are obviously children of teachers, but just as obviously some are there on their own volition, supporting their teachers. We’ve collected our photos of these young protestors above. Go ahead, call ’em union thugs. We dare you."