If only....

...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.  


Anonymous said...

Keep doing what you're doing. I remember, and appreciate, my best mentors and those of my children. I hear you about the pay ... and then you've got Hollywood celebrities earning gross amounts of money ... doesn't make sense.

Paula said...

I feel the exact same way about nurses! There once was a time when nurses were respected and not just the doctors handmaiden. I love teachers! But my grandchildren have had several that do act as if they would rather be doing something else!

orneryswife said...

I think the same could be said for those moms who choose to stay at home and raise their children, as well. If only they would get paid! :)

There were many teachers in my family as well. There isn't much money in it for sure!

Jennie Bennett said...

Teachers are selfless, I'm grateful for them everyday!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Teachers are some of my favorite people. I have many of them in my family too. I agree that they should definitely be paid more.

Rita said...

So very, very true!
Teachers made a difference in my life.

Michelle said...

My mom was my teacher (I was home schooled!). I was able to see first hand how brutal yet rewarding it was for her through all those years! She will forever be my biggest inspiration here on this earth.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Well said.

Deborah Small said...

So true. Teachers are under-paid, over-worked, and exceptional souls.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Teachers are amazing and do not get respect the deserve

Betty Alark said...

Next to the parents teachers are the greatis influence in childrens lives.

It should be one of the highest paying jobs in the world.