I just read this morning that the cast of "Friends" will be receiving one
million dollars per episode to renew their contract for another year. This
is for 1/2 hour of entertainment to be viewed ONCE a week. It really says a
lot about our priorities as a society when we can pay stars and athletes
gross sums of money while we the teachers, who form the future stars and
athletes, are barely able to fund our programs or ourselves. I wish I had a
magic wand to pay us all what we deserve............
Becky in NC
From: Patricia Knott [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 12:24 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: A Valentine to teachers
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."
"In years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they
will always remember how you made them feel."
"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great
"To reach a child's mind a teacher must first capture his or her heart."
"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as
that every child should be given the wish to learn."
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, shapes the future."
"Teachers are ordinary people engaged in extraordinary work."
"Teachers are precious people who cause joyful happenings in the hearts of