August 19, 2016

Once a teacher, always a teacher

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, once commented on the important role of teachers when he said “an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” This highlights that teachers are central to human development, considering their contribution to the context of societal and cultural values.
Teachers deserve all the recognition and adulation because they play a heroic role in guiding the new generations to better shape their communities. In other words, the future of our children and our communities are in the hands of teachers. It is therefore absolutely vital for every teacher to set an example to students and other people in the community. In this respect, teachers need to go above and beyond the call of duty to turn themselves into agents of positive social change.
Frankly speaking, school lessons are boring on their own. It is great teachers who have the intuition to make boring lessons exciting and interesting and complex problems simple and easy. Teaching children and adolescents is tiring, but it is perhaps the most important job of all. Despite their enormous contribution, teachers lead a quiet life on a low salary as unsung heroes of society. Rita Pierson, an educator, once said every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. And that adult is often a teacher. Needless to say, we all have at least one inspiring story to tell about our great teachers of our younger days.


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