Posted January 21, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Modeling Respect for Educators
Better supporting teachers means showing them respect and teaching the next generation to do the same. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Thanks for tuning in to The Perna Syndicate today! As we’ve been discussing all week, the pandemic has had an earth-shattering effect on the education system. In some areas it created immense new challenges—and in others, it simply revealed the true extent of the wide-ranging difficulties already facing teachers, administrators, and support staff.
In addition to better conditions for teachers all around, there’s one more thing we can do to help. And that is to model respect for the education profession. So many teachers tell me of the blatant disrespect they experience every day in their classrooms. Some students don’t comply the most basic and reasonable requests. Others destroy equipment and supplies, that were often bought with the teacher’s own money.
I’m sure I don’t know the half of what these teachers deal with on a daily basis from their students. After awhile, that would wear anyone down.
As a society, we need to honor all educators with the respect and compensation that their work deserves—and do it publicly so that our children also learn to value and esteem their teachers. Those of us who are parents need to take the lead in teaching our kids about this. Teachers (and administrators!) have devoted their careers to help kids succeed at school and life. Isn’t that worthy of honor?
If we don’t do this, it doesn’t matter what other reforms we put in place to improve the education system. Every human being on the planet wants to feel respected, and teachers are no exception. Let’s respect them with unmistakable respect—and show our kids how to do the same.
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