Next to parenting, teaching is the most difficult job on earth. Dr. Thomas Sowell once said, “Teaching is the hardest job in the world if you care, and the easiest if you don’t.”
In what other profession must one be an expert in math, English, history, science, government, vocabulary, reading, spelling and life in general? In what other profession must one effectively manage the diverse needs of a room full of students while at the same time artfully deliver a lesson on the causes of World War I?
We must hail teachers as the unsung heroes that they are, and we must take good care of them. Many are exhausted, others are disheartened, some are disillusioned, and in parts of our state and country, they are leaving the teaching profession by the droves. This of course does not bode well for our students.
While we must hold our teachers accountable, we must also thank them, honor them, care for them, support them, equip them, empower them, and pay them well.