Teachers are our Heroes
- Dear Art Educators,
I have had this in my draft folder for quite some time....I guess today is
the day I am supposed to post it.
I'm still looking for more Heroes lessons to add to Incredible Art
Department. I have a story/dance idea to share that goes along with this
theme. I'll post it soon. Keep on doing "God's work".
I'll start with this quote:
"Teachers leave the world a little bit better than they
found it, knowing if they have redeemed just one life,
they have done God's work." ~ Frosty Troy
More good teacher "words:"
You Want Heroes?
By Frosty Troy
"Where are the heroes of today?" a radio talk show host thundered. He
blames society's shortcomings on public education. Too many people are
looking for heroes in all the wrong places. Movie stars and rock
musicians, athletes and models aren't heroes, they're celebrities. Heroes
abound in public schools, a fact that doesn't make the news.
There is no precedent for the level of violence, drugs, broken homes,
child abuse, and crime in today's America. Public education didn't create
these problems but deals with them every day. You want heroes? Consider
Dave Sanders, the schoolteacher shot to death while trying to shield his
students from two Neo-Nazi youth on a bombing and shooting rampage at
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Sanders gave his life,
along with 12 students, but other less heralded heroes survived the Colorado
You want heroes? Jane Smith, a Fayetteville, NC, teacher, was moved by
the plight of one of her students, a boy dying for want of a kidney
transplant. So this pretty white woman told the family of this handsome
14-year old black boy that she would give him one of her kidneys. And she
did. When they subsequently appeared together hugging on the Today Show,
even tough little Katie Couric was near tears. You want heroes? Doris
Dillon dreamed all her life of being a teacher. She not only made it, she
was one of those wondrous teachers who could bring the best out of every
single child. One of her fellow teachers in San Jose, Calif., said, "she
could teach a rock to read." Suddenly she was stricken with Lou Gehrig's
Disease, which is always fatal, usually within five years. She asked to stay
on the job--and did. When her voice was affected she communicated by
computer. Did she go home? She is running two elementary school libraries.
When the disease was diagnosed, she wrote the staff and all the families
that she had one last lesson to teach - that dying is part of living. Her
colleagues named her Teacher of the Year.
You want heroes? Bob House, a teacher in Georgia, tried out for Who
Wants to be a Millionaire. After he won the million dollars, a Network film
crew wanted to follow up to see how it had impacted his life. New cars? Big
new house? Instead, they found both Bob House and his wife still teaching.
They explained that it was what they had always wanted to do with their
lives and that would not change. The community was both stunned and
You want heroes? Last year the average public school teacher spent $468
of their own money for student necessities--workbooks, pencils--supplies
kids had to have but could not afford. That's a lot of money from the
pockets of the most poorly paid teachers in the industrialized world Public
schools don't teach values? The critics are dead wrong. Public education
provides more Sunday school teachers than any other profession. The average
teacher works more hours in nine months than the average 40-hour employee
does in a year.
You want heroes? For millions of kids, the hug they get from a teacher
is the only hug they will get that day because the nation is living through
the worst parenting in history. Many have never been taken to church or
synagogue in their lives. A Michigan principal moved me to tears with
the story of her attempt to rescue a badly abused little boy who doted on a
stuffed animal on her desk--one that said, "I love you!" He said he'd
never been told that at home. This is a constant in today's society--two
million unwanted, unloved, abused children in the public schools, the only
institution that takes them all in. You want heroes? Visit any special
education class and watch the miracle of personal interaction, a job so
difficult that fellow teachers are awed by the dedication they witness.
There is a sentence from an unnamed source, which says, "We have been so
anxious to give our children what we didn't have that we have neglected
to give them what we did have."What is it that our kids really need? What
do they really want? Math, science, history and social studies are
important, but children need love, confidence , encouragement, someone to
talk to, someone to listen, standards to live by. Teachers provide upright
examples, the faith and assurance of responsible people. Kids need to be
accountable to caring parents who send well-disciplined children to school.
These human values are essential in a democracy.
Now, pass this on to someone you know who's a teacher, or to someone who
should thank a teacher today!
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department