I am a teacher. I first felt the pull toward teaching as a freshman in college, but it took a decade to follow my heart. The words of wisdom consisted of, "don't do it," and "it's just not worth the stress", and my favorite, "you are too smart to be a teacher." This past week, I began to question whether that advice was accurate. However, that is my mind talking, not my heart.
I do this because I feel a compulsion to contribute, and what other than teaching can make a greater contribution to society? It disheartens me to hear our lawmakers, our so-called leaders, disrespect the profession. It hurts to watch lawmakers, dismantle our public education system piece by piece.
Here in Kentucky, a revolution has begun. It started with our neighbors in West Virginia, and now Oklahoma and Arizona. I suspect it will spread further. Our lawmakers poked the bear, and these bears do not plan to hibernate anytime soon. November is coming.
I have created this blog, and in the coming days, will be establishing a non-profit to support our Kentucky educators. My goals are:
I believe that education is a basic human right and that everyone deserves equal access to quality education, starting with K-12 and continuing through higher education. This includes technical and vocational training. Education is our strongest ally against poverty, and poverty is the biggest obstacle to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We cannot improve education while neglecting the one aspect that has the greatest impact on student achievement - the classroom teacher. That is why I am going to dedicate the rest of my career to helping those in my classroom, and those giving so much of themselves to their classrooms.
I am hoping you make this blog part of your weekly reading, and once I Heart Teachers fully establishes itself as a non-profit in the coming days, you decide to give to our effort. Help me fight for you.