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.