Copyright © Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 11:27:32 -0400 (EDT)
I was watching Tennis' U.S. Open this weekend, hearing the cheers and applause, watching the adolation for these accomplished atheletes by people sitting in a brand new stadium. At times, I thought about the 3/4 million in prize money, the millions in endorsements,the adolation, high salaries, and other unimaginable social and financial perks.
And, then I saw a saddening piece on Sunday Morning talking about teaching as if it was a vow of poverty and teachers as if they were unappreciated, taken-for-granted missionary workers or Peace Corps volunteers.
We should be building each of our schools like majestic palaces;
We should be creating exciting and inspiring classroom environment;
We should be adoring and respecting our teachers like heroic professionals;
We should be competing with business for the brightest and best with high five and six figure salaries; to pursue, attract, invest in and keep teachers;
We should be seeing that each child is an invaluable national treasure and piece of the future
......and I don't know how to do all that.
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier firstname.lastname@example.org Department of History http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/louis.html Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA 31698 /~\ /\ /\ 912-333-5947 /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____