Respecting Teachers

Today, Governor Crist vetoed a bill that would have based teachers’ salaries and job security on the test scores of their students.  In doing so, the Governor stood up for teachers. Over the past several days, I have spoken to so many Ramat Shalom members who have dedicated their professional lives to teaching children.  Many of these members teach students who get no academic support at home.  As I mentioned in my message last week, a teacher cannot educate a child on her own.  She needs parents, grandparents, coaches, and other mentors to be positive role models and reinforce the lessons that are taught in the classroom.  Sadly, many students do not have these role models.  Too many teachers today not only find themselves having to teach their students how to read and write and perform basic math, they find themselves struggling to teach their students respect, manners, responsibility, hygiene. …