The Importance of Teacher Appreciation Week

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The Importance of Teacher Appreciation Week

Jake Williams, Contributor

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We all know being a teacher is a tough gig; I mean trying to wrangle up the attention of a group full of hormonal bipeds is no easy feat. Especially when those hormonal bipeds are being forced day after day to stay at in a place where they don’t necessarily want to be and learn about subjects they are not particularly interested in. All the archaic expectations of our society’s educational system fall onto the lap of our teacher’s, and the teachers are the ones who are expected to get down to the nitty gritty and teach the next generation of children for very little pay. A major problem teachers have to face is ungrateful students who completely lack any empathy for the tremendous undertaking that teachers have at their plate. Many of these students are not even willing to cooperate with the teacher to ease the learning process along, which can make the classroom a drag for everyone in there. Due to all of these societal problems that every teacher has to deal with, there has become a need to raise awareness through a national week-long “holiday”. Although an apple would be much appreciated, I think that every student has much more valuable gifts at their disposal such as attention, respect, effort, and of course gratitude. If a student lived by these principles for just a week, they’d quickly realize that they are bettering the lives of those around them and would see that there’s no reason to go back to being an ungrateful burden to your teacher and community. By giving all these things to your teacher, even your least favorite teacher, you make the classroom a better place and if you make the classroom a better place you also make the world a better place.

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