[NOTE: This article was originally published on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]
We do this for the kids.
Despite the disrespectful ways that those bent on privatizing our schools characterize us, teachers are the most selfless people on the planet. We get up early, we stay up late, we rest very little in between, and our whole lives are dedicated to one very simple objective: helping young people become the best people that they are capable of being. While we often experience anguish and anger at the attacks on our schools, nearly every teacher I ever met pauses, smiles, and gushes when the conversation turns to our kids. We don’t just work with them, we love them and identify them as our own. And when it works right, they love us and identify us as theirs too. In those moments, there is nothing better on the planet.
Today, I started off my day watching about 100 of those moments, and it moved me nearly to tears.