I don't know about all of you, but I am really getting tired about the relentless attacks on teachers as states grapple with their budgets. Are they kidding me? Really, educators and other state workers are to blame for out of control costs and spending? As long as I can remember anyone that went into the field of education was ridiculed for the main reason that the profession makes no money. Now all of a sudden we are all filthy rich, greedy, and the sole reason for the economic turmoil in this country. The irony here is that it was the lack of oversight by these same government officials spearheading this agenda that got us into this financial mess. Where is the accountability on their part?
Education is what makes all other professions possible. As I have mentioned in other posts I firmly believe that teaching is the most noble profession. Other countries recognize this and treat their teachers with respect and compensation competitive with many other professions that we see as important. This summary of Thomas Friedman's views by Victoria Jean Terre sums it up nicely, "Friedman compares our country’s way of recruiting teachers to those countries who draw on the cream of the college student population, cultivating their academic talents and their commitment to working with children. And, I might add, compensating them well for their work and also providing social recognition of the important job they’re doing for their communities and their country." If this isn't enough try out this recent CNN article written by Diane Ravitch entitled Why America's Teachers Are Enraged.
It is time to remind all of these state legislators and governors of how important teachers are and the countless hours that are spent to help children, including theirs', succeed. The questions is, would they listen? Consider adding reasons why teachers should be valued, the important work they do, and examples from other countries that value the profession in the comments section.