Saturday, March 19, 2011

Anti-teacher climate humbles the conservative husband of a Cleveland educator

From Connie Shultz at Cleveland.com. The excerpt below closes the column, but before that is the actually letter the husband writes to his wife.

In this husband's apology, we learn a lot about the remarkable teacher who is his wife. Her students sure are lucky. Every day that she shows up with such optimism is another day her students get a chance to believe in a better version of themselves.

Thankfully, this teacher is not an anomaly. Despite recent attacks on their pay, motives and even their supposed lifestyle, the majority of public school teachers across the country continue to bring their talent and high ideals to some of our most troubled districts.

Consider the take-home message for America's schoolchildren:

Conservative politicians emboldened by brand-new legislative majorities insist that children are our most precious resource, but then pass bills guaranteed to undermine the teachers entrusted with our children's future.

Nevertheless, those same public school teachers under attack continue to report for duty every day.

We know that children watch, and learn. And what they are sure to understand is that, unlike those politicians, their teachers refuse to give up on them.

Talk about a lesson in character.
OK, well that was a sweet letter. I hope the husband recognizes that his wife does everything she can for her students. I hope he can separate the hardworking teacher from those who are not so hardworking.

Via Human Dog.

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