Teacher's Day honors perseverance

Drake Olson

As students gaze out the window into the warm rays of sunshine, thoughts of lying in the hot sand and listening to the waves crash fill their minds. Their dreams are soon interrupted as the teacher?s voice, echoing ?Molarity equals mols over volume,? reminds them that they are still trapped behind the classroom doors.

Students are not the only ones wanting to escape the school atmosphere however. Teachers look forward to the summer months as well. During the school year, teachers are often looked down upon for not always fulfilling their duties. This week, it is different.

In 1985, the national Parent Teachers Association [PTA] established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The National Educators Association [NEA] Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher?s Day.

Around 1944, Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who, in 1953, persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher?s Day.

Teacher?s Day is more than just putting an apple on their desk like some students have done in grade school. Despite the low pay and dealing with rowdy children of all ages, teachers continually return to their job day after day.

National Teacher?s Day is set aside for honoring teachers and recognizes the lasting contributions they make to the lives of others.

The day this year is especially dedicated to those teachers who are traveling and serving in the United States military forces.

While it does take the effort of many people and children to make a school succeed, this day focuses on the teachers who work to make schools great places for students to succeed in life.

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