As a teacher there are many times of the year that I love, the summer is one of them because my job affords me the time to travel and see things I don't get to when I'm putting in 60 hour weeks. I don't mind though, as I stated frequently this last week to anyone who would listen...I love my job! I look forward to going to it each morning, I love being there, and to be honest, I have a hard time leaving it some afternoons.
I found it interesting this last week as I was visiting my daughter how prevalent the anti-teacher/anti-education sentiment is. Here I am, I'm sitting on a boat tour and the guide asks if there are any teachers on board. I raise my hand as my comrades around me either smile or scrutinize me, and my newest friend, the tour guide, proceeds to go on about how teachers and education are being blamed for what's wrong in the world today, especially in America. He said he doesn't get it because his wife is a teacher and works hard. I agree, what's up with our country?
I pondered this statement, and chatted with the guide for a few minutes after the tour, and came to a decision after he said to me, "I've got your back!" Well, I think as teachers, we need to watch each others back. Think about it; firefighters, policemen, lawyers, doctors, and many other professions around support each other and watch each others backs. Teachers need to collectively stand up and support each other! We need to shout from the top of our lungs...WE.ARE.TEACHERS! We love children, we love education, we love watching our student's faces light up when they understand something or learn something new! We are what is good in America...we are not corporations trying to make money and prosper. We are not in it for the money...we love our jobs!
So, tomorrow, on the Fourth of July, be proud to be an American, but be proud to be a teacher also. Remember why you chose our profession and celebrate it!