Real Life Heroes
Teachers as Heroes

An essay written by an assistant principal in Ohio

Where are the heroes of today? a radio talk show host thundered.
He blames society’s shortcomings on 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.  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 youths on a shooting rampage at Columbine
High School in Littleton, Colorado.  

Sanders gave his life, along with twelve students, and other less heralded
heroes survived the Colorado blood bath.

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.  This
woman told the family of a 14-year-old boy that she would give him one
of her kidneys.  And she did.  When they appeared together hugging on the
Today Show, 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, California,
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 job … and did.
When her voice was affected, she communicated by computer.
Did she go home?  Absolutely not!  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 grateful.

You want heroes?
Last year the average 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 industrial world.

Schools don’t teach values?  The critics are dead wrong.
Public education provides more Sunday School teachers than any other

The average teacher works more hours in nine months than the average forty-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.

An Argyle, Texas kindergarten teacher hugs her little 5 and 6 year olds
so much that both the boys and the girls run up and hug her when they
see her in the hall, at the football games, or in the malls years later.

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.

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.

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This was sent to me and I just wanted to post it and share with fellow teachers!! 
I do have an actual post equipped with food pics ~ coming soon!!  :)
I am planning some major blog updates over my Spring Break because I know it needs lots of work—> but this takes lots of time, which I do not currently have…
Happy Hump-day tomorrow, Bloggies!!