Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teaching, it's not about the Benjamins baby

So I'm catching up on Oprah's final episodes (I think if I don't watch them, my sister and mother will disown me), and even though I'm not an obsessed viewer of the show as they are, I can't help but feel moved. In one segment, they spoke about a school in New Orleans that lost everything in hurricane Katrina, then they lost the school library after a tornado two years later. Target teamed up with the show and totally revamped the library with books and computers.

But that's not why I felt moved. It was the teachers. I saw these young people in the schools, with limited resources, doing whatever they can to get these kids what they need to make it in the future. One guy spent $5000 of his own salary to get books for his students. My sister and her husband are teachers, as well as one of my best friends, and I see the work these people put into their job. Late hours spent grading papers, weekends at school events. These people don't get off at 3:00pm. Yet earlier this year, I heard, and I'm sure you did too, so much hate for educators. That they're getting rich off of the state, that they're selfish. Education, the most important thing a person can have, is treated by so many as a burden on the system. Until this attitude changes, we cannot grow as a country. Teachers can only do so much.

Think about that teacher who inspired you, who gave you a push, who helped you when you thought no one could. Write them an email or a facebook message, and say thank you. Believe me, they didn't pick their job for the money.

4 comments:

Becky..AMHW said...

Yet, they get summers off right? Those that can't, teach, right?

My husband is a teacher. He does it for the paycheck...

Dustin Nunez said...

I thought the saying went "Those who cant teach, bitch about teachers"

Morgan said...

I've been substitute teaching for the last several months, and it's been really interesting. I 100% agree with you that some teachers go above and beyond, often times using their personal salary to fund classroom needs. Truly admirable.

However, I've also met some teachers that aren't up to that level of over-achiever-ness. Just like any industry, some people are awesome and some people aren't. I don't think I'd state that "all teachers" are anything, because there's a mix of real people with real variety of commitment. I do love it when the ones who deserve personal recognition get it.

KimbraJoy said...

Well said, Heather...