Three cheers for teachers!
Memorial Day Weekend is a reminder that summer is here (as well as thanksgiving to our vets, and school is almost out for summer. That and the fact that I have a paper to write on vocation for a seminar I am to take shortly, reminded me of the influence teachers have (overtly and covertly) on the lives of their class.
Working in an academic collegial setting, I am constantly amazed with the amount of time, care and attention faculty devote to their profession. Ah, and there's the 'rub', it's not really a profession for them as with many occupations, it's really a vocation - a calling, a dedication and sharing. They give so much of themselves daily for the mere satisfaction of furthering the development of their students both intellectually and emotionally.
I'm always perplexed that our society pays athletes astronomical sums of money and yet teachers are one of our lowest paying occupations.