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Remember Your Favorite Teacher? Today’s a Good Day to Say Thank You

Remember Your Favorite Teacher? Today’s a Good Day to Say Thank You

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day (WTD) – a UNESCO initiative that celebrates teachers around the world. Since 1994, WTD is held annually on October 5, to raise awareness and address the issues pertinent to teachers, whilst recognizing the contribution they make to education.

Obviously I am biased, having devoted 20 years of my professional career to teaching. Still, it is interesting that one of the most pivotal professions in our society, which impacts our young people, influences our leaders of tomorrow, and affects the way we live our life, rarely receives the respect or acknowledgement it deserves.

Teachers and school communities are a vital component to the healthy functioning of our society, yet people love to blame teachers for all that’s wrong with society, and teacher morale is in crisis.

October 5 is the day to appreciate teachers and the extraordinary job they do to teach, support and inspire your children. Why not raise a glass to the teachers that inspired you? If Eizabeth Russell is reading this, thank you for being my English teacher at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School!

Teachers are the most valuable resource in education. It’s time to appreciate their value in our society.

Today of all days, let’s acknowledge and celebrate their foundational influence in our lives.

It turns out that teachers in China have the highest levels of public respect, according to an international study comparing their status in 21 countries, based on surveys of 1,000 adults in each of the countries.

The study, which examined public attitudes to professional status, trust, pay and the desirability of teaching as a career,
confirmed the high status of teachers in China, where there is a strong cultural emphasis on the importance of education.

A large majority of adults in China believed that students would respect their teachers, unlike in most European countries where only a minority believed that students would show respect.

Here’s the list in order of theUse existing big tents to connect. Take a leadership role in those groups. countries with the highest respect for teachers:

  • China
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Egypt
  • Singapore
  • Netherlands
  • USA
  • UK

The Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Status reports that it surveyed 1000 representative adults in each of 21 countries. A major conclusion drawn by the Foundation, which is based in the United Kingdom, is that teaching is not held in high enough esteem.

“Unless teaching is valued culturally, then the incentive of better pay will not be enough,” the introduction notes. It continues to say that, “There are many fictional representations of heroic doctors saving lives on television — from Grey’s Anatomy to ER and House — but hardly any equivalent stories of teachers turning lives around.

Why is China number one? The study reports that countries where Mandarin Chinese is spoken are often strongly influenced by Confucian ideals. Part of the Confucian tradition is a deep respect for teachers.

Lǎoshī is the Mandarin word for “teacher.” It has two characters: 老師 and the first character lǎo 老 is a prefix which means “old.” The second character shī 師 means “teacher,” so the literal translation of lǎoshī is “old teacher.”

Lǎoshī is used as a title. You can address your teacher as “lǎoshī” or you can use lǎoshī in combination with a family name when referring to a teacher.

On October 5, let’s applaud teachers everywhere.

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9:04PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

I had many great teachers and college professors over the years. I could list so many but Mrs. Kelly's senior English class was amazing, especially first thing in the morning. My home life sucked, but this was how I started my school day. Big thanks to all of the great teachers out there. You inspired me to become a teacher and I love it.

5:24AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Teachers are the formative elements which shape the future of a person as a student. I have very sweet memories of the past spent under the guidance of my respected teachers.

2:13AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thank You & Blessed be!...♥

1:14AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

I think those "world days of something" are replacing the religious days...aren't they?
(does anyone understand my english?)

8:39PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

I had the best English teacher when I was in 10th grade and the same one my senior year as well. Mrs. Fatchett--her strategy was to pretty much scare the crap out of her students on the first day by putting on the board a whole list of rules and regulations for how her classroom was run and how she wanted us to do our homework, take notes, etc. From then on however, every day was much like sitting in a little clubhouse in which she just happened to be the one guiding the group. I can't say that I was totally thrilled with reading "Hello Dolly" and then watching the Barbra Streisand version in class while the other English classes were reading "To Kill a Mockingbird," but it was cool because she was so high up in seniority in the school that she basically got to teach anything she wanted. My senior year she called it her senior year as well because she was retiring then. Amazing lady. I still think of her often.

7:40PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

thank you for all the inspirational and challenging teachers in the world to help us grow and learn.

4:58PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Yes I do. Mr Massa was my 6th grade teacher. He was so nice.

1:11PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

I have two that influenced me.
My third grade teacher was Mrs.Manning ,she was kind very soft spoken and taught me a lot about who I wanted to emulate ,other than my wonderful parents.
I grew up an avid reader ,BUT wine I entered the 12th grade ,oh how my perspective changed about authors!
Mr. Creedon was a dignified soft spoken man ,for lack of a better ,and I hope I'm not offending anyone ,epitomized the word w.a.s.p.!
He breathed new life into books for me,we read The Old Man and the Sea ,and the imagery he he helped see Hemingway in a completely change my way of thinking.
And last but certainly not least ,my astounding choir teacher Mr.Wolf.
I grew up in a musical home ,my older brother played the violin ,I played the piano as my mother.
I stared choir in the fifth grade and took up until I graduated.
I was very shy ,but had a good voice ,Mr Wolf challenged me to audition for the part of Maria in the Spund of Music ,I didn't get that part but I was a nun in the chorus.
He eventually moved away ,years later my daughter and her choir would perform at Disneyland and the he was still teaching choir.
Ah I'm waxing nostalgic here.......thanks to,all of you who support my ramblings!

12:47PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

I remember my kindergarten teacher, my 2nd grade teacher, my 4th, 5th and 6th grade teachers. Wow, I never thought about it until now. But I DO remember really liking these particular teachers. So my thanks goes out to them. Although they're probably gone now....

11:16AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

When you've just turned 13 and the rest of the class is older you remember a teacher who takes the time to instil confidence. Mine was a young twenty year old something with long blond hair and a figure that would make most women envious. She was intelligent, witty and charming as well as the best teacher I ever had.
She not only taught English, she taught the history surrounding each piece we were to study. She also talked me into public speaking. Sheesh! I can not remember her name but I can see her face as clear as day. Thank you my teacher and my friend.

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