My Quest To Teach

July 1, 2016

A Testimony To Teachers in 2016

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 8:30 am


A Testimony To Teachers in 2016

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” and even
“Vocational” preparation is an option for
students.
Incorporating a frame of mind for college,
higher academic performance, vocational
education learning and future acceptance
in professional positions 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 for many school districts nationally
is important.

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 (2015).” 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.” Students must
see the great potential in them, that is where teachers
work to show students their great potential through
learning.

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
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 maturity.

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 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.”

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.”

Rebecca Jackson

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
of passion and commitment to teaching
with strategies, standards, 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 and the appreciation for
learning and giving back to the community.
In a blog by @AletaTurner explains the level of
Bachelor Degrees in Jacksonville, Florida where we live.
http://16percentinjax.blogspot.com/2012/06/behind-bars.html
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 students that can sing the praises of their
teachers by singing “Never would have made it without you,”
a testimony to educators who are passionate to prepare our
future.

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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