Teacher Appreciation Week is not enough, says North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Teacher Appreciation Week is great, writes North Carolina Teacher of the Year, but it’s not enough for “the world’s most under-rated and noble profession.”

James Ford

James Ford

“Our nation’s teachers are the infrastructure of this republic,” Ford writes in an Education Week blog. “Like water pipelines, roads, and bridges their purpose is that of the common good. When they do their job, it permits every other aspect of our society to function properly. But this isn’t reflected in their level of appreciation. Much like the public works mentioned, if necessary attention isn’t paid to the support and maintenance of this system, all of us are made to suffer as a result. Years of neglecting to address the root causes of the teacher shortage and will have a deleterious effect on our students and society at large if we don’t change course.”

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State Teacher of the Year Says Teacher Appreciation Week Not Enough

Our nation’s teachers are the infrastructure of this republic. Like water pipelines, roads, and bridges their purpose is that of the common good. When they do their job, it permits every other aspect of our society to function properly. But this isn’t reflected in their level of appreciation