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Teachers — our unsung heroes

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Today I wished my daughter Sara good luck on her first day of teaching. I also reflected on my recent retirement from 45 years in that awesome profession. I remember the words of one of my mentors, the late Professor Seymour Fox, who said (here paraphrased), “We understand the need for solid training and accountability in many professions such as airline pilot and doctor where there are measurable standards of excellence. And yet, perhaps the most complex of those professions, teaching, has far far less standards and accountability in place.” Indeed, in our day, a teacher must be an educator, psychologist, actor, strategic planner, improvisor, athlete (try standing on your feet for 7 hours), chronicler, master of experiential flow, multi-tasker, multi-directional observer and so much more! With all that, and perhaps first and foremost, a teacher must be a caring loving soul tending to each student’s physical and psychological needs. A teacher must insure that students feel safe, that they are not hungry, that they are breathing fresh and clean air and that they are not taunted by their classmates.

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If we take a moment and analyze just what our teachers are required to do (no matter at what level of instruction) it is beyond belief. To boot, they are underpaid, underappreciated, often hounded by over-zealous........

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