I agree with Lee Iaoccoa referencing teachers in high regard. However, I don’t agree with the part about everyone else having to settle for something less. I think we all came from different professions prior to teaching and I know, I for one, felt that I had a very important job serving and protecting citizens. I think there are many jobs that are often looked down upon because they don’t bring in the highest salaries or are considered esteemed such as doctors and lawyers. But too often, people forget that they entrust 13 years of a child’s life and the most impressionable ones at that, to a teacher and when they are in trouble, they need a Police Officer or EMT. No matter what we are called to do in life, I think we all play a valuable role in being productive citizens.
I also agree that teachers do not get the credit they deserve. This is by far the hardest job I have ever had. Teaching takes a lot of effort and time or blood, sweat and tears if you will and often for little pay and hardly any recognition. I salute all of us in the profession and recognize our importance in making a contribution to this generation in hopes that it will be passed on.