Today we are honoring the people who have inspired us, given us the building blocks of a fulfilling life, and taught us to love learning. No, we aren’t talking about parents this time. It’s National Teacher Day, a time to reflect on everything teachers do for America’s students, schools, and communities.
From the first day of school to the last ring of the bell, teachers shape our experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We’ve all known teachers who go above and beyond to make sure their students get the education they deserve, whether it’s by working overtime to provide tutoring for a struggling student or spending their own paycheck on school supplies for their classroom. The time, dedication, and creativity teachers bring to work everyday help to build a brighter future for students and their communities.
So it’s high time we thank our teachers for the long hours and incredible heart they put into their jobs. For some corporate-backed legislators, that means ceasing their ongoing attack on our nation’s teachers and their right to collectively bargain, and instead ensuring a decent retirement and a livable income for our nation’s educators.
After all, mom and dad may not be able to help you with your algebra homework, but teachers are always there to instruct and inspire. Take time today to give teachers the credit they deserve and share your favorite teacher memory in the comments!
Logo courtesy of National Education Association.