These days it has become common place to blame teachers for what is wrong in the schools. My oldest daughter is a teacher of special education. She is in a small town and she also has to do all the paper work and watches over the kids for field trips and on an everyday basis. She also does bus duty everyday morning and afternoons. She also teaches English as a second language at the local community education.
She has gotten her Masters’ Degree while working and has three children of her own. They are my three oldest grandchildren. I am proud of her but I know is stories of “a little boy or girl” whose parents just disappear for awhile. The little boy in a wheelchair whose school bus didn’t come for some reason. He was six years old and sat in his chair while it rained on him all day and his older brother got home from school.
Not all teachers are the best America might produce, but the majority are hard working and caring. Most do teach all the subjects they are assigned to teach plus all the things many parents don’t want to be bothered teaching their children. I know many teachers and they are, like firemen and policemen worth far more than they are paid.
So when the football draft comes up again, when a movie peaks at the box office, when a CEO gets a thirty thousand dollar raise, remember those in our society who are trying to raise a family on that thirty thousand dollars and get them through college.
A word of thanks or a quick hug would really make a teacher’s day. A prayer for them once in a while would be a great idea also. They are teaching our future scientists, Congress, doctors, inventors and diplomats. It is no small job.