This week has been a fun one. As a trained teacher, I felt very appreciated this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Parents and teachers work together (most of the time) to optimize your child’s growth and excellence.
Teacher appreciation is so important. There is 1.6 billion dollars of teacher money spent on school supplies each year. This is not money that they are given back, this is out of the goodness of the teachers’ hearts. Teaching can also be a thankless job, having to deal with parents’ complaints, endless tests and pressure from the school district.
While this work is deeply rewarding, teaching is also incredibly hard—as intellectually rigorous as it is emotionally draining. Over the next five to ten years, at least one million teachers will be eligible for retirement, roughly one third of the work force. Schools are finding it increasingly difficult to draw talented folks into a profession that, in many cases offers:
- the 50-50 chance they won’t last through their first four years,
- the likelihood of underwhelming support and development,
- a lifetime of low and moderate pay, and
- the strong likelihood that they’ll reach a point where continuing to teach poses substantial financial hardship. Source
So let’s have this important talk:
With that said, how can we, as supporters of excellence in education, more profoundly support education? The answer is both simple and difficult. We need to more have the dialogue beyond teacher appreciation day and how we can change the system to benefit both all students and all of our teachers who dedicate their lives to serving our students.
Although this is a great dialogue to engage in, we want to end in this great, silly and salty (be careful for young children) video: