Teachers, Always

candlesNewtown12/16/12

I had my next Creativiteach offering ready to post, when this week’s tragic events in Connecticut made me wonder if silly Christmas offerings were appropriate at a time of national mourning. I decided they were—because I believe helping the children in our charge reclaim their joy and childhood is important work for of all of us outside the immediate circle of horror. But I had something to say first.

Today, as always, I am proud to be a teacher. As I read about the courage exhibited by Newtown teachers, I thought, “Yes, of course that’s what they did.” If someone had threatened the young children I taught, I know I would have faced bullets for them. That is no great credit to me. It is what teachers do. In a world that is so quick to blame teachers for everything from the world’s economy to its lack of civility, it is important to take a close look at these women. Teachers are the people who spend their days with our most precious resources. They are the ones who care enough to deal with 26 runny noses each winter, with squirmy bodies packed into too-small rooms, frightened kindergarteners on the first days of school and wise-cracking teens finding their way to independence. And do it with more love than most people ever know.

And so today, when I envision those beautiful children walking into eternal life, I picture them with a teacher leading the way, others on either side, and one at the end of the line, to make sure no one is lost. I wish I had the capacity to draw that picture, but it is clear in my mind. Those children had loving escorts, every step of the way, because they had teachers.

3 thoughts on “Teachers, Always

  1. Alane – this was exquisite, I would like to post it on my Facebook page (with credit to you, of course) but I’m not quite sure how to do it….I see the Facebook icon there but I’m such a techno-idiot that I’m not sure what to do with it – would THAT automatically put it on my page?. You have SO brilliantely articulated this aspect of the tragedy that I think everybody – educator or not – should read it. But I didn’t want to do that without your permission……Please let me know. Note: I am a HUGE fan of this blog – am possibly going to be teaching a creativity course (still negotiating) and if that happens, will be using your textbook AND requiring students to keep up with your blog! Thank you – for all of it – but especially for this…..Felice Kaufmann

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    • Felice, I’d be honored if you shared this. If you click on the Facebook icon it will prompt you to log in. You should be able to see the picture from the blog. If not, yopu might want to try again. Occasionally it seems to “misfire.” Once it looks right, you can choose from a pulldown menu whether you want to share on your timeline (post it) or send it to a particular Facebook friend. That should do it. Glad you like the blog. I’m having a lot of fun with it. But this is more important.

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  2. I shared your inspiring words with some of my colleagues. Hopefully that means you will get more visitors to your blog. I appreciate your thoughts at this anxious time.

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