Teachers Give So Much…
Quotes of the Week
A good society also helps each of us fulfill the full bloom of our uniqueness. It honors our individual gifts and encourages our particular callings. It gives all its inhabitants the economic, emotional, and spiritual support needed to follow their dreams. An unjust one, in contrast, starves hopes, aspirations, and possibilities. It stunts lives and potentials. –Paul Rogut Loeb
Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. –Hain G. Ginott
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less. –Lee Iococca
Reflecting on the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I am reminded of the courage of teachers and their willingness to sacrifice their own lives for the children they teach. And this sacrifice is intertwined in their professional and personal lives. Teachers give so that students have opportunities to use their gifts and to converge with their callings. Sometimes, sadly, teachers literally give up their lives for their students, as witnessed in Newtown, Connecticut.
What can we do as a society to stop violence that robs our society of individuals whose hopes, aspirations, and possibilities never come to fruition—never knowing what they could have done? One approach is to make education a priority so that teachers can create a sense of community in their classrooms and in their schools so that every student finds the support necessary to follow their dreams. Budgets cannot dictate class size, professional development, or student-centered education. Teachers continue to accomplish impossible tasks with inadequate tools—think what education might be like if teachers were respected for what they do in our society and were given the economic, emotional, and spiritual support they need to fulfill their dreams of reaching every child. For those of us who teach, we know it is the best profession in the world—that’s why we’re willing to give so much.