My Quest To Teach

June 25, 2012

A Testimony To Teachers

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 8:10 pm

A Testimony To Teachers

A Testimony To Teachers
And Education


The background music in High School
graduations can appropriately use Marvin Sapps:
Never Would Have Made It Without You…
“Never would have made it, never could have made it,
without you. I would have lost it all, but now I see how
you were there for me.” Marvin Sapp

Graduation ceremonies in High Schools across the
country is a true testament to professional educators.
The model of “College Preparation” is questioned and
will continue to be studied, examined and statistical
data accumulated. Incorporating a frame of
mind for college, higher academic performance,
and future acceptance in college is the goal for many
students. Vocational studies are available for those with
talents in other areas, but in it’s own right many Vocational
Schools contain higher educational models.  The high
level of academic performance and ownership of learning
is an initiative for many school districts nationally executed
by teachers.

The sentiment shared by Trey Csar of the Jacksonville
Public Education Fund states that, “we must commit to
treating public education as an important investment.”
Learning is continuous, a continuous process and does not
end at graduation, but continues beyond. Education and
Learning are Investments of the highest order. Ralph Waldo
Emerson stated, “What lies behind us and what lies
before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Teacher’s collectively work to inspire and empower the
talents that lay dormant in students. Encouraging,
nurturing talents and magnifying hidden abilities to
spring forth so that graduates will be a benefit to society
not a burden in the juvenile or adult justice systems, a
hindrance or an embarrassment to their families or society.

Teachers work to make sure students graduate from High
School, statistically unemployment for High School
dropouts is dramatically higher than those with degrees.
Educators understand this, so work begins in the elementary
levels as a foundation to build on. Graduation is a time for
celebration of the achievement of academic success,
reflection of educational careers, not just high school, but
elementary and middle reflections. Looking at the road
traveled and the accomplishments earned. Recognition
of the hard work of students; the commitment and sacrifice
of parents and professionalism that teachers put forth to
prepare students for challenges they (students) will face,
not just academically during their journey to college,
but socially, intellectually, morally and ethically. Many
will argue of the teaching of morals and values by educators,
but education is a moral foundation. Socrates (469-399BC)
stated, “Education can make people moral.” The moral strength
of a society can be judged by the educational level of a
society. Even Aristotle (384-322BC) stated the importance
of education and educators to the world. “The highest form
of human existence is when man exercises his rational
faculties to the fullest extent.”

Teachers face many challenges and critics, but what career
is not influenced by a teacher. Even Shaq (Shaquille Rashaun
O’Neal) thought so highly of education and respect for teachers
that he earned his Ed.D. in Education. It was a challenging
journey to earning it, he promised his mother he would
eventually return to school after leaving college to play pro
basketball. He returned to
complete his bachelor’s degree. In 2000 Shaq earned
his Bachelor of Arts in General Studies then his Doctoral
degree in Education from Barry University in 2012.
Shaq commented about his work for education that,
“I put in four and a half hard years staying up late at
night, studying, reading, rewriting papers to earn my
degree.” “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this
probably is my No. 1 accomplishment, I respect teachers
and education and would like to give back to kids.”

Teaching is not just a five day a week job, working only
eight hours a day or a 40 hour work week. Teaching is a
birthing process; the labour of teaching with strategies,
standard, rituals and routines that must be observed to meet
the objectives of standards and benchmarks, the preparation
of teachers through lesson plans guided by state standards,
assessment data, administrative input, differential instruction

Classroom management skills used to address potential
distractions to the learning environment as students are
guided to self control, self respect and self motivation. In my
over 20 years I have seen an increase of teachers putting in
overtime that they are not compensated for. Some teachers
get to school before their administrators. They do not get paid
overtime as office personnel working in less stressful
environments in county offices or other careers.

Birth is a developmental process just as education is; birth and
education encompass the physical, emotional, and cognitive
aspects of growth for young people. Birth in education comes
during graduation, when the diplomas are awarded, recognitions
given, experiences shared, prayers answered and appreciation is
given to teachers for their skill-sets and experiences. The
professionalism that makes them so influential is many aspects
of continued growth. Not giving up on students who struggled
or who “just didn’t get it yet.” Working past the inconsistencies
of parents, collaborating with grandparents that are raising their
grandchildren. The graduation (birth) is shared; People can argue
about education, but in the United States it is still better than in
many developed countries.

Never Would Have Made It Without You.. Has a new meaning
for youth from Gradations across this country. Teachers have
completed another year of instruction and are reminded that the
struggles are worth the efforts they put in. That the hard work,
long hours, and sacrifices are justified. Robert Louis Stevenson
statement to teachers, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you
reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Gain strength and comfort
in knowing that teachers are planting seeds for the future of
doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, preachers, Presidents,
Mayors, engineers, and for careers that have not been discovered yet.

The United States has seen one President that accepted mediocrity
in students stating, “Even a ‘C’ student can be President” and
openly critical of teachers and their position in education. Teachers
must be supported, encouraged, and shown respect for their
continued influence in shaping the economic direction of this country.
“The Best Economic Stimulus Package is a High School Diploma,”
stated by the President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bob Wise.
This can be seen as President Barack Obama tries to make attending
college financially available and possible, but is seems others try
to keep youth especially minority youth from attending with increases
of tuitions and lowering of financial aid packages. Look at the recent

News coverage of students in higher education homeless and not able
to afford food, but living with friends or on the street.

Teachers guide the way to building economic stability in all societies.
In a recent blog by Ale’ta explains the level of Bachelor Degrees in
Jacksonville, Florida where we live. teachers
are needed and education is valuable it is a moral responsibility to
obtain as much education as possible for all citizens.
Dr John Goodlad’s assertion that education is a “moral endeavor,”
“A moral foundation for education is essential,” “teaching is a
moral action because other humans are involved and within
teaching there are meaningful contributions to humans. Teachers
shape, model and develop morals in children so parents should
be involved and supportive.”

Even comments from the 1960’s still apply in the 21st century,
“Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”
Malcolm X


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