Teaching, from my perspective, is an undervalued, under-payed and underappreciated profession.
And yet, teachers have the most important job in the world: they educate the next generation.
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. As a former student and a close relation of teachers, my respect for those who enter this profession is unwavering. It takes a lot to stand in front of a group of students and do the best you can to prepare them for the world outside of the classroom. It also takes up time and money, as many teachers do work outside of the classroom and often have to pay for their own supplies.
The problem, is that in our society, we pay performers and athletes millions of dollars a year and no one bats an eye. But teachers are often paid less than a living wage or have to go on strike to receive a reasonable wage and/or benefits. From my perspective, given how important their jobs are, it’s time that teachers receive not only a reasonable salary/benefits, but respect.
It’s time that teachers receive the appreciation and the pay that they deserve.
Have you thanked a teacher today?