I Imagine A Day

Each and every one of us has had multiple teachers throughout our lives. Some good. Some not so good. Some rememberable. Some not. Whether you loved them or loathed them they were still your teacher. They taught you to be who you have become today. No matter what profession you have entered into, someone taught you how to do it. From pizza delivery to doctors. From sanitaion workers to astronauts. We were all taught.

Yet, schools are still struggling to make ends meet. Schools still struggle to send their students to learn outside of the classroom on a field trip. Schools are still struggling to provide teachers and students alike the resources they need to succeed. I cannot count on my hands and toes the number of teachers who spend their hard earned money on their students and classroom.

I imagine the day when teachers step into the spotlight to become part of the elitist group that comes with being a celebrity. When teachers are the rich and famous. When teachers are the ones who own summer and winter houses. When teachers sail in luxurious yachts bringing back experiences and knowledge to enhance understanding in their classroom. I dream of the day when sports cards aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. When every kid wants their teacher’s “Teacher Cards”. When a teacher’s rookie card is worth more than a tanker ship filled to the gills with crude oil. Perhaps there will come a day when the entertainers enter the working class as teacher take over the top tax brackets.

I imagine a day when classrooms have just a dozen students. Or fewer still. No more classrooms busting at the seams with students. No more worring about how to fit in all the desks. No more worrying about feeding the masses a balanced, healthy meal, or if there will be enough books because schools will have the finances to supply it all.

I imagine a day when teachers have earned the trust bestowed upon surgeons, for those surgeons, too, had to have teachers. Perhaps one day there will be no more testing. No more accountability held over teachers’ heads like carrot on a stick. Teachers will be informed on what to teach but not how to teach. We will all rest assured knowing our child’s teacher is doing the best they can to ensure our child, our learner, our future, is receiving the knowlege they’ll need to make wise decisions when the time comes. But we’ll also know that teachers aren’t miracle workers for all education begins at home.

I imagine a day when teachers aren’t scoffed at for having summers off. Because truly, they aren’t really off without pay. A teacher is a 10 month employee who’s salary is stretched to 12 months. Some teachers even take courses over the summer to better prepare themselves for our children. Over the summer, teachers spend time with their own families instead of yours during parent/teacher nights. Instead of concerts. Instead of coaching a school based sporting event. Instead of sitting in a semi-dark classroom every evening planning the next big lesson for your child.

I dream big. Perhaps we all should.



46 thoughts on “I Imagine A Day

  1. Great post, Eric! So very true. Good teachers are often taken for granted. They work they do not really considered. Great eye opener. I sure hope that your dreams will one day be true. It will also guarantee that kids will be educated properly and guided to turn into responsible, respectful and kind adults.

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  2. Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    This is one of the posts I so deeply want to share. I want to share it so bad that I can’t wait to put it in the list of My Picks Of The Week. So here you go! We do not appreciate teachers enough. Just like nurses they are simply there. We do not realize how much they actually give and how little they receive. And yet they are so important.

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  3. As a person married to a teacher I reckon this post is pretty awesome! And I would also like to have them sit on a yacht and earn a fortune. You guys really deserve it and I don’t mind sharing in the perks of your dream. I’m accommodating that way.

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  4. I was moved almost to tears when I met my daughter’s new first grade teacher a few weeks ago, particularly after having such a hard time in kindergarten. Stella has had 2 whole days with this woman and already has received more encouragement and support than in all of last year. School has since been put on hiatus because of the awful flooding we’re experiencing. I’m crossing every finger and toe that this magical lady will be back, intact, once schools are able to resume.

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    • I’m so happy to hear that you are having such a positive start to the year. I hope you all remain intact through the flooding. When our oldest was in kindergarten he had a magical teacher. Everyone compared to her to Mary Poppins, and they were right in their comparison. Amazing the difference one teacher can make in a child’s life.

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  5. Not that a teacher wouldn’t accept a cruise given the chance, but I suspect lavishness would just make the squirm a bit. They’d want to get back to what they love to do (with maybe a bonus check.) We really should appreciate the incredible roll they play in our kids’ lives, and the world at large, in the grand scheme.

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  6. Wonderful. And true. I am, like, a jillion years old and I still remember my favorite teachers and how important they were to me. Mrs. Schroeder, where the heck are you now? Oh, and Mr. Evans, who actually let me use the school office so I could run off copies of my ‘newspaper’ on the mimeograph machine when I was 10.

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    • I’m only a gazillion years old. Not that far behind you. I remember mimeograph machines with rollers and blue ink. I rememer my first grade teacher, Mrs. Rosemere. She helped me to love school again. As my mom likes to tell me, “You would have walked through hell in a gasoline suit for her.” Wouldn’t it be great to find those teachers so we could tell them we miss them and remember their teachings (or permissions) a jillion years later? Actually, my 6th grade teacher is on FB, as is my gym teacher from the same time. πŸ˜€

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  7. It’s a great piece, Eric! I’m not a teacher, and having been in a trainer’s shoes, it’s a thankless job. What more being a full time teacher! I’m always in awe at how much the kids learn in school and how very patient they usually are. It’s only right for parents and teachers to work together rather than put all responsibilities to the school/teacher alone.
    Maybe, just maybe there’s a chance of your dreamsite happening on this lifetime. That wld be amazing. And hey! Who knows you’d be having your own yatch! 😊

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    • Yachts for teachers might entice more people to join the profession, thereby giving rise to the reduction of class sizes. Of course, we’d have to weed out those who really want to teach and those who just want the yacht.

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      • Make them chaperone a middle school dance and we’ll thin the herd πŸ˜‰ I must be losing my mind lately, I have been seriously thinking about giving teaching a second shot (with or without the yachts) when BG starts school.

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      • Chaperoning would definitely thin the herd. As would taking the heathens on field trips. Or make them sit through parent/teacher nights πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get my own classroom again!


  8. Hey Eric,

    Thanks for this piece. If it’s okay with you, I am oing to reblog. The Mrs. and I have been speaking through this entire olympics about how teachers should be the ones revered, earning big bucks and being the heroes of our children. They are our heroes.

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    • You do whatever you want with it, Lisa. I have been hear a lot about Coaches in the Olympics. While not exactly the same as a classroom teacher, coaches are teachers, too. But even those athletes had classroom teacher helping them get to where they are now. Thanks a million again for the reblog!

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  10. Beautifully written. Reblogged at riddlefromthemiddle.com with “My kids go back to school tomorrow. We met their teachers last week – people who’ve spent their summer strengthening their skills for a new group of students, or researching material for a new grade level. Incredibly hard working folks, one and all, and I’ve stumbled across a post that sums up my feelings perfectly.”

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  11. Wow! This is such a great post. It remind my of “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. I have a confession to make – I too want to be a teacher, but I am not so sure of myself how I would react of naughty kids. I guess that’s why teachers enrolled themselves in Summer school to become a better teacher. It is amazing how much work and dedication they have to each and individual child. I don’t know how they do it but with my great respect to them indeed.

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost My apology for taking me so long to comment. I hope that you can join us again today. xx

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