For National Teacher Day: what the nation's teachers really want

4-7-13

 

It’s National Teacher Day. Around the country and in Montana, communities are taking time out to honor local educators and acknowledge the crucial role our nation’s teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

 

As part of this year’s celebration, the National Education Association conducted an online poll, asking teachers, “What do you want for National Teacher Day?” 
 
Nearly 1,000 educators participated in the poll. Poll responses indicate that teachers still appreciate thank you cards, flowers and drawings from their students, but teachers also expressed growing concern and frustration with high stakes testing and the lack of classroom autonomy.

 

According to those participating in the online poll, the best “thank you” would be to:   
• “Trust my education and experience. Give me control over my students’ instruction and assessment” (29.1%)
• “Stop the standardized testing mania (28.06%)
• “Pay me the salary I deserve” (19.98%)
• “Smaller classes so I can give more individualized attention” (11.66%)
• “A classroom with adequate school supplies” (5.66%)
• “More time for class preparation and grading” (5.54%)

National Teacher Day celebrates the outstanding work and lifelong dedication of teachers nationwide. National Teacher Day came into being through the leadership and persistence of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, she persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim May 7 that year as National Teacher Day.
 

PTA took Roosevelt's idea and dedicated a whole week to celebrate the accomplishments of educators. PTA's annual Teacher Appreciation Week honors the dedicated men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating children.  

 

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