Written by Girl Birthday Gift
It's been 20 years, yet I still distinctly remember my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Allen. Those carefree days of building those rumpled, clay statues for holiday presents, followed by story time and reading are still clearly embedded in my brain. I can still smell that specific school paint scent. You know, the enormous industrial-sized bottles full of gooey, shiny paint and that crisp paper on the giant easels. Those moments were important and essential, and I have the sweetest kindergarten teacher to thank for such a beautiful, enriching experience that gave me a good taste for education and school.
I truly am in awe of the work and responsibility of teachers in America. Sounds like a tough gig, and not everyone is cut out for it, so I really appreciate you teacher folk! You are a special breed. And a dying one at that.
I recently read that within ten years, it is expected that 65% of America's teachers will be retiring. What?! That is bonkers, right? Now that I have little ones of my own, issues like this are especially important to me. I mean, remember how concerned I was about preschool for Luke? And that's just piddly in comparison to the actual education that will influence his life! The role of teachers is so incredibly significant and vital to the well-being of everyone's lives.
There is a really cool documentary, TEACH, which gives a little peek into education in America that I want to share with you. Written and directed by David Guggenheim, they follow and interview 4 teachers and their experiences and insights into the ups and downs of teaching and how to ensure the success of each and every child. It's one of those films that makes your heart want to explode with the fire to go conquer the world and inspire every soul around you.
Please, please, please I encourage you to watch the trailer below and tune in to CBS on September 6th to watch the documentary. If you have a teacher you loved and that made an impact in your life or the life of your child, this documentary is for you (so basically that means everyone). Also, if you would like more information on the film and this project, you can read about it here.
Thanks to all you inspiring teachers out there for putting the needs of our kiddos as your priority every day. You are good people!
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