This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I cannot think of a more appropriate way to express my deep-rooted and sincere gratitude for educators, than using this very public forum.
And to call out the jackasses who seem to neglect the word "appreciation" that educators are so deserving of. Every day.
I have the distinct honor and privilege of knowing a few upper-echelon educators within the area. I also follow a few teachers on Twitter. They are nothing short of amazing.
I've witnessed them instruct in front of diverse classrooms full of students, draw up lesson plans over endless cups of coffee and methodically pour their hearts and souls into each day's activities. They are full of hope. They're focused on injecting children's lives with knowledge that will one day mold them into future leaders – future pillars of a community – and adults that will one day change the world. These teachers are selfless.
Then come the jackasses.
The young "adults" who think they're holier than thou, who can do no wrong. Who have the right of way at all times of the day, with little regard to the things they say. They don't care about the words they hurl, they're being "real."
Lately, I've been on the listening end of stories within MPS about just how little appreciation is given to teachers. There aren't many "thank yous" given. No participation in a lesson or topic discussed for that class. Each day, these teachers walk into the same battlefield knowing that within moments, they are going to be told to $@&% off, assuming of course that these punks actually show up.
What the hell?
I'm not naive. I'm well aware that the world I grew up and went to school in has drastically changed. I'm also aware that there are a lot of political and financial restraints that face a public learning institution such as MPS. (No, I'm not about to get political. If you're wondering why, read my previous blog post.) But, never in a million years would I ever consider telling my teacher to go (expletive) himself or herself. Not only would I have been expelled faster than you kill a spider, but the wrath I would've faced at home ... yeee-ow.
So, on behalf of all the punk kids who have no mind of their own to separate from the infectious pack, I say thank you. Thank you for shaping the minds of those yearning to learn, and being an inspiration to the small groups that are willing to listen. You are appreciated.
First let me say...I had some not so great teachers also! Thats not the point...Teachers appreciation day is for Students! Also, if anyone else wants to show appreciation, that is their RIGHT! We have freedom therefore anything that is good and does no harm is our right! Learned that from a great American History Teacher! Thankyou Mr Salisbury!!!
Why is it so hard to admit that there are a lot of "garbage" soldiers out there who should be fired and put in psych wards? Everyone still seems to want to honor the profession in spite of this. Weird.
I've had some really good teachers that I remember and some really aweful teachers that should have been in psych wards not classrooms. Why is it so hard for some people to admit that there are a lot of garbage teachers out there that should be fired? Just because you're a teacher doesn't mean you deserve any appreciation.
An apple for the teachers!!! I REMEMBER my GREAT teachers and THANK them for ALL the wonderful things I KNOW ...thanks to them...and to me...for listening and doing my homework and for Parents who supported EDUCATION...without it we are an ignorant society! THANKYOU!!!
Sometimes it's good and right to leave politics out of an issue, but I don't think this is one of those times. Everyone agrees that student should treat their teachers with respect. No reader of OMC, or any adult anywhere, would disagree with that sentiment. More salient to our times, however, is getting adults to treat teachers with respect. The historic smackdown teachers just received in Wisconsin is still making national headlines, for goodness sake.
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