I am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to hear people advocating for higher salaries for American educators. Financial success and teachers go together like polar bears and ice: they desperately need it, and it's not like they're running out.
Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.
My teacher started with a puzzle -- and had us. We were hooked. Sure, in the days ahead we'd stumble over declensions and squirm over prepositions. We'd lose it altogether over participles during the dark days of January. But we knew why we were there.
We all know how hard our teachers work, right? When people say that being a parent is the toughest job in the world, I think they may not have given teaching a hard and close enough look. Let's show these teachers some love!
On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I'd like thank you for your countless hours, your sweat and tears, and your relentless commitment to our children. And I'd also like to thank you in advance for inspiring the next generation of amazing teachers.