This post is for all of you, teachers…
First of all, how do you do it? I mean, how do you put up with our kids each and every day? Sure, they’re amazing kids. In small numbers and doses. But combined into large clumps, even the best of kids can become headache-inducing. Perhaps a better question is how do you put up with us, the parents—the sometimes overbearing, overprotecting, over-informed Huffington-Post-reading—parents? Seriously, how do you do it? Because most of us couldn’t do it. Hell, sometimes being around that many kids/parents for field trips makes me want to find the nearest corner so I can curl up and rock.
Of course, let’s be honest: some of you don’t actually do it all that well, either. Some of you have personalities better fit for the DMV. And a few of you are far too passive aggressive for anybody’s good, let alone, the good of small children.
Still, most of you border on being saints. And this post is for you, all of you who are good, hardworking, caring teachers who probably won’t have time to read this until tonight or tomorrow morning or next week.
Because I want to say thank you.
Thank you for making the choice to teach.
Thank you for instilling our children with information regarding words, spelling, history, math, science, hygiene, safety, and other topics.
Thank you for putting up with our kids. Sure, most of them become well-behaved and even human-like when in your classroom. But we know that’s not always. We know that, for every time you mention to us about our kid’s behavior, there are likely numerous occasions or events that you don’t bring up.
Thank you for enduring our many questions, our need for details, our desire to know everything, our forgetfulness, our impatience, and our occasional lack of interest.
Thank you for tolerating the bureaucracy of our education system. We know it’s not always easy. We know that amid the politics and opinions that swarm from all sides, you are having to sustain lots of red tape, make do with the lack of funds, and jump through a vast number of governmental hoops, all the while teaching young people. Thank you for trying making the most of it. Thank you for attempting to make the system better. Thank you for not taking your frustrations out on our kids.
Thank you for making boring topics exciting and interesting and applicable. Thank for being creative, for believing in our kids enough to make learning fun and hands-on.
Thank you for sacrificing better pay, better raises, better benefits for the “thrill” of educating young minds.
Thank you for seeing the unique gifts in each of our kids. Thank you for challenging our kids to explore and discover new gifts, new talents, and new interests. Thank you for giving our kids reality checks on occasion, for saying to them what we sometimes cannot say or we have said but far too many times to be influential.
Thank you for all of the long hours that you put in to grading papers, planning lessons, organizing events, and rallying the attention spans of kids and parents.
Thank you for all of the gentle reminders of how we the parents can become involved, stay involved, and help our children succeed.
Thank you for putting up with us, our cynicism, our opinions, our neediness.
Thank you for loving our kids. We know you don’t/can’t love every single child. But you love a lot of them. And your investment doesn’t go unnoticed.
Thank you for being a teacher. Thank you for taking the narrow career path. Thank you for putting up with all of the committees, conventions, tax cuts, propagandas, and the long line of seemingly ungrateful parents. Thank you for believing in the power of learning and for helping our kids discover that too…
We might not always say this: But we appreciate you. We value you. We think you’re incredibly gifted. We thank God for you. And we—most of us anyway—know how important your roles are in our children’s lives. We know how difficult your jobs can be at times. We know that putting up with us AND the administration can’t always be easy.
So thank you. Thank you for doing what you do and for being who you are. But most of all, thank you for believing in our kids.