It is post-election in Arizona and the decisions regarding educational leadership in my state are alarming. I think about that boy on HONY--how he thought of his teacher in the moment he was interviewed. It is lovely that he appreciated her kindnesses including her remarkable willingness to share her phone number if her students required homework help. Again, the warm wishes offered to her by readers of the HONY blog were plentiful.
However, just because his teacher, Miss Middleton, received this beautiful outpouring of appreciation doesn't mean that her own needs are comfortably being met by her salary or that the excessive demands that exist for public educators aren't negatively impacting her. I want to hug Miss Middleton--to thank her for being one of the 'good ones' doing such important work. I want to celebrate how her kindness was considered outside of school.
Mostly, though, I want society to move beyond lip service. I suppose I want our profession to be valued emotionally as well as economically--and this post-election week that feels like an awful lot to desire. Is it though?