My Quest To Teach

June 3, 2016

A Testimony To Teachers in 2016

A Testimony To Teachers in 2016
William Jackson, M.Edu.
Edward Waters College

The background music in 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 across the country
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 of study,
in it’s own right many Vocational Schools contain
higher educational models. The high level of
academic performance and ownership of learning
is initiative for many school districts nationally.

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.

my sons college education

Teachers work to make sure students graduate from
elementary, middle and high.Educators understand
the importance of promotion, 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 and growth in
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, but socially, intellectually, morally and
ethically. Many will argue the teaching of morals
and values by educators, but education is a moral

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.”

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, then Masters
and finally Doctorial degree.
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.”

attending my daughters high school graduation

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 strategies and the integration
and implementation of technology.

Never Would Have Made It Without You.. Has a new meaning
for youth from gradations across this nation. 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.

Teachers guide the way to building economic stability
in all societies through education.
In a blog by @AletaTurner 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.”

There are many studnets that can sing the praises of their
teachers by singing “Never would have made it without you,”
a testimony to educators and are passionate to prepare our

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

Listen to this awesome and motivational graduation speech.


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