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A Valentine to teachers


From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 21:23:40 PST

I'm sleepless tonight.
I'm thinking about my responsibilities. I'm pondering all the posts to this
list about budget cuts and the notion of the threats that are coming for
more cuts. It's getting ugly all over, even in the best of districts.
I'm thinking about what it will take to save public education. Seems to me
the message is, that we don't want to spend the money for public education.
The lip service coming from the top does no good to the people trying to
implement at the bottom.

I sit here and ponder...
there seems to be plenty of money for waging wars and securing
but when it comes to education the notion I perceive is that we should
perform a job with very limited funding and resources.
I feel like I am up against a wall every day

and I struggle to remember just what teaching is about

these quotes are my kind of Valentine to all of you
all of you who struggle with all the limitations and yet make a

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be
teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because
passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the
highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have."
--Lee Iacocca

"In years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they
will always remember how you made them feel."
--Author Unknown

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great
--Japanese Proverb

"To reach a child's mind a teacher must first capture his or her heart."
--Author Unknown

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as
that every child should be given the wish to learn."
--John Lubbock

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, shapes the future."
--Author Unknown

"Teachers are ordinary people engaged in extraordinary work."
--Author Unknown

"Teachers are precious people who cause joyful happenings in the hearts of
--Author Unknown