Thursday's Editorial

It's time to thank teachers

If you can read this editorial, thank a teacher.

This is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers in Coweta County are deserving of appreciation from their students, parents and the community. We are constantly reminded of the quality of teaching and the dedication of Coweta’s educators.

Newnan High School recently was recognized on the list of best high schools and colleges by US News and World Report. NHS ranked in the top 8 percent of high schools in the state and the top 8 percent in the nation.

Honors like that one are evidence of good, productive teaching. We also see this every day in the accomplishments of students and graduates of Coweta County’s schools.

There are many different ways to honor a teacher this week – a sweet treat, a thank you note, a certificate. The national PTA is urging people to write letters and cards of appreciation to teachers throughout the week and to ask teachers how parents and others can support them throughout the year.

The PTA also is asking people to tell them on Facebook and Twitter how teachers will be honored using the hash tag #ThankATeacher. There also are Teacher Day covers that can be used for social media pages and teacher appreciation videos that can be shared to say “thank you” to a favorite educator.

The National Education Association also promotes National Teacher Day, which was Tuesday, and Teacher Appreciation Week. National Teacher Day came into being through the leadership and persistence of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, she persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim May 7 that year as National Teacher Day.

This year, Senate Resolution 126 and House Resolution 167 set aside this week as National Teacher Appreciation Week and Tuesday as National Teacher Day.

“National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week provide a wonderful opportunity to thank teachers for their hard work throughout the year to help ensure the success of each and every student,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. “We’re asking everyone to take the time to recognize and thank a favorite teacher.”

A survey by national education non-profit Kars4Kids reveals the following:

• 80 percent of adults recognize their work ethic, time spent as a community volunteer – even their career choice – were a direct result of teachers who inspired them in the classroom.

• 78 percent of U.S. adults had an out-of-classroom experience with a teacher that enhanced their learning.

• 61 percent believe that teachers taught them skills outside of the standard curriculum.

• Nearly three quarters of adults said they would want their children to have the same teachers they did.

• More than half of U.S. adults feel the teachers who had the biggest impact in their lives were educators in grades 9-12.

“The difference an excellent teacher can have is massive,” said Avi Gordon, chief operating officer of Kars4Kids.

So, be sure to thank at least one teacher before the week is over.



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