This week is good time to remember the daily influence of teachers

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 11, 2012

Teachers — no matter the location of their classroom — have a critical job. They are preparing our city's and state's future business owners, scientists, doctors, engineers, social workers and teachers.

While some educators are nervous about the many changes under way in public education, we have no doubt many of this state's great teachers stand ready to meet the challenges. They have little to fear and a lot to gain from new accountability measures aimed at improving student achievement.

Great teachers already hold themselves to an exceptionally high standard. They already seek to individualize student learning, meeting students where they are and moving them forward. They already embrace new thoughts and methods of instruction to improve their teaching. They are never quite satisfied with a job well done, believing the opportunities to do better for students are without limit.

To those teachers, thank you is hardly enough but we'll say it anyway: Thank you for teaching our children.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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