...teachers were given the respect they deserve.
...they had full support from their students' parents.
...they were compensated for the hours they put in outside the classroom.
...they were given the supplies they need.
...they were valued as much as NBA players.
...they were paid as much as NBA players.
We are a family of teachers. My mom was an English teacher. My sister is a special ed. teacher. I teach character education to high schoolers. My daughter teaches theology and chemistry. My niece teaches English at the college level. Her husband teaches high school history and current events. A nephew teaches in conjunction with earning his PhD. My cousin taught math for 25 years.
We are a family of teachers. My daughter remarked recently, "That's why our family never has any any money."
I can't argue that. But, hey, we're impacting young minds and hoping to make a difference in the world. At least, that's what we feel in our hearts. For most teachers, that passion somewhat boosts the lowly paycheck.
As for the Kobe Bryants and the LeBron James' - lest we forget - someone taught them how to play.