World Teacher Day

World Teacher Day is an official United Nations holiday. The UNESCO Website explains, “Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers… The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.”

This event celebrates teachers at all levels of education from preschool through university. UNESCO describes it as “an opportunity to commemorate teacher’s organizations worldwide and also aims to activate support for teachers.”

I shared an apartment with a teacher for some time, and I can testify that she did not begin to be paid enough for the time she put in outside of class, the money she spent to make her classroom an attractive and useful place of learning, and the caring, and skill she lavished on the children. I’m glad we have a day to honor teachers, but they truly deserve more than one.

This also a day to show support for teachers, even if it is as simple as a note of appreciation, or the proverbial apple. But it is also a time to make sure that teachers are being supported by the school board and local government in the form of class sizes small enough for each student to get the attention he or she needs, for adequate resources for the classroom, for adequate pay for the important job they do, and for continuing education opportunities,

Teachers mold the next generation and deserve our gratitude and our support. So if you still have children in school, why not make it a family project to show your appreciation in some way. If not, you probably know a teacher who would appreciate thanks and support. Teachers, we salute you on your special day!

Quotes about teachers

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.–Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The best teachers are the best storytellers.–Frank Smith

The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.–Alfred Adler

A good teacher is never done … always trying to reinvent, improve and inspire.–David Carlson

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.–Marva Collins

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.–Eliphas Levi

Good teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.–Ann Lieberman

The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”–Maria Montessori

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit…–John Steinbeck

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.–Albert Einstein

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.–Lee Iaccoca

The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.–John Garrett

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary new material, but the warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.–Carl Jung

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