I am a day late for Teacher Appreciation Day but there is still time to thank the teachers in your life and also those in your children’s, grandchildren’s, etc… All this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I strongly believe that teachers play a key role in every individual’s development and life in general. Showing appreciation to them is so important and that act of gratitude may also make you feel just a bit better. We have many teachers in my family tree ranging from past relatives, aunts and cousins to my oldest daughter- in Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Virginia & California. teacher-appreciation-week-day-2012

The first teacher to make such a positive impression on me was Miss James, my second grade teacher. We had just moved to the state of Maryland from Germany. I spoke mostly German and I did not realize that English and German were 2 different languages. So to my class mates I was this tall, skinny girl with white hair, a funny name and spoke a funny language. Many of them made fun of me and called prejudice names. Miss James very gently made both my classmates and me comfortable with our differences and helped me to understand and connect with my new world. She told me that it wasn’t just me that was different but everyone was different in their own way but very much the same no matter what part of the world they came from. She told us all that we could learn more things from someone different than ourselves than from people the same as us. Miss James was creative, encouraging, kind and very gentle. I cannot remember her raising her voice or sending anyone out of the room to the principal’s office. We all loved her. Not only has she influenced me while teaching in schools and with my own children, I now realize that she has very gently and kindly influenced or directed my entire outlook on life and dealing with people in business and as friends. She also let me know that it was okay to be curious, ask questions and continue to learn during one’s entire life. Thank you, Miss James, from the bottom of my heart!

So here are to the entire various teachers around the world, THANK YOU!!!  Below are some quotes about teachers and education from a variety of famous people over the years.

“Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” John F. Kennedy  

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.” Haim Ginott

“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.” Donald Quinn

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” John F. Kennedy

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” John F. Kennedy

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Khalil Gibran

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” Chinese proverb
”Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.” Anonymous
“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” Anonymous
“A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Anonymous
“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” Anonymous
“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” Anonymous

“By viewing the old we learn the new”  Chinese Proverb
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ” Henry Adams
“It should be recognised that the proper status of teachers and due public regard for the profession of teaching are of major importance.” UNESCO (Art. 5 of 1996 Recommendation)
“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.” Aristotle
“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” Aristotle
“Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.” Cato
“Teach the children so that it willnot be necessary to teach the adults.” Abraham Lincoln
“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.” Abraham Lincoln
“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Benjamin Franklin
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” Plato
“The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.” Plutarch
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well” Alexander the Great
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams
“Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.” Helen Peters
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Soren Kierkegaard
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Andy McIntyre
“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” Robert M. Hutchins
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” Edward Bulwer-Lytton
“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” H.G. Wells
“Without teacher appreciation there can’t be any student progress.” Theresa Grimm
“The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.” William A. Ward
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” Malcolm Forbes
“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Carl Jung
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” Lilly Tomlin
“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” James A. Garfield
“The highest result of education is tolerance.” Helen Keller
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” Jacques Barzun
“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” Jacques Barzun
“Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” William Prince
“I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.” Wilson Mizner
“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark van Doren
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” Dan Rather

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ” Victor Hugo

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” Josef Albers

****Upcoming Teacher Appreciation Days/Weeks in other countries:

MEXICO North America Since 1918, teacher appreciation is shown on Mexico’s national Teachers Day, every 15th of May. This is to commemorate the capture of Queretaro.

PUERTO RICO Caribbean Together with the United States, teacher appreciation is shown on Teacher Appreciation Week (the first full week of May). Nevertheless, instead of the Teacher Day being the Tuesday of that week, in Puerto Rico it’s the Friday.

BULGARIA Eastern Europe Teacher appreciation is shown on Bulgaria’s Education Day, every 24th of May.

COLOMBIA South America Teacher appreciation is shown on Colombia’s national Teachers Day, every 15th of May. That was the date (1950) when pope Pius XII declared St. John Baptist of La Salle as the Celestial Patron of All Educators

SOUTH KOREA Far East Teacher appreciation is shown on South Korea’s national Teachers Day, every 15th of May.

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