National Teacher Day and Week

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Okay, I’m curious.  How do we support the National Teacher Day and Week?  Is it emphasized in the U.S.A. alone or does our international community have the emphasis as well?

Homeschool workAlso, what about those who choose to homeschool their children?  Aren’t they also “real” teachers too?

Shouldn’t we recognize all teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day and Week?  I think it should be an international effort too.

Students on stage for recognition

According to the the National Day Calendar at educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944.

In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the U.S. 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association (NEA) continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.  The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.


Apparently this is just an emphasis in the U.S.A. this week.  Do other countries have similar appreciation events? 

Also, if you’ll notice on the  National Day Calendar website there are other emphases this week as well, such as: National Have A Coke Day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day and National Student Nurse Day.  Maybe we can thank a teacher by giving him or her a coconut cream pie slice along with a coke.  We can also consult a student nurse whether this is a good combination.

I’ll choose to express appreciation to all the teachers around the world, as we conclude the National Teacher Appreciation Week, for their call-to-duty to teach and instruct our youth AND adults.  I think back over the years of the teachers who helped guide me and I am thankful.  Most provided due diligence and showed how they care.  I just wish I had been more attentive though.

Homeschool work-2I also want to recognize our homeschool teachers.  They don’t receive sufficient credit for the excellent, dedicated work they do.  No doubt it is a tough assignment trying to keep our youth on track with the various distractions around – and trying to balance getting all the things needing to get done at home while trying to teach and instruct at the same time.  Plus, what kind of salary do they receive, or assistance to buy materials? 

Reading imageHow did I miss the Home School Appreciation Day on April 27 or week (24-27)?  Maybe there wasn’t enough promotion on the news, even though the homeschoolers are in the minority.  But! They are important too.

Here are two links for homeschool Moms that express some of the activities and concerns of these mothers/teachers.

Cam with booksWe should not stop recognizing teachers when the week’s emphasis is over on May 11.  Let’s make this an occurrence throughout the year.

I applaud each teacher who has dedicated his or her life to serve others – whether in the public, private or home sector.  I just wish governments and communities would recognize your value and provide the pay commensurate with your responsibilities.  To me – I think your responsibilities are in the top category of professions and you should be paid accordingly.   Let’s ensure quality teachers receive quality salaries and appreciation.  The direction of our society depends on it.  

#TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay

11 thoughts on “National Teacher Day and Week

  1. A good teacher is priceless.They are instrumental and fundamental in our kids lives but ,also,they must be left to do their job.Too many parents interfere out of arrogance.I had good and bad teachers in my life but the good ones are still with me.So far ,as a parent,I have been blessed with lovely and skilled teachers for my daughters.

    1. True. We as a society seem to forget how important and priceless teachers are, or take them for granted. I’m sure it is difficult for teachers today to instruct the large classes they are assigned, particularly when many of the students don’t respect their leadership. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Gladly. I think homeschooling is an international effort for sure, particularly with the countries who may not have a proper public school system. Otherwise, the children are not taught.

  2. This is the first I’ve heard of National Teacher Day. Then again, I no longer have kids in school. I think teachers deserve as much praise as we can give them.

    1. Thanks for the response. I wondered if there was a similar emphasis in other countries. It’s a thankless job many times and I’m sure most teachers wonder if they make a difference. However, there is always someone who is impacted positively.

      1. Some do, and it’s unfortunate that we often don’t realize the difference they made until many years later. I was only able to thank a few.

  3. Excellent thoughts. There were many great teachers along my path and there still are. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to thank them – one week of appreciation doesn’t seem enough.

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