The Importance of Teachers

May 20, 2010
For thirteen years, one of our most persistent thoughts is: “I hate school.” Or something along the lines. Our “hate for school” is defined by our distaste of the curriculum, the piles of work, and even the teachers. Teachers. The cruel and old creatures that are “out to get us,” and only exist to torment us. So who would have thought that so many different students, parents, and alumnae would come together to save these teachers?

The economic crisis has hit everyone hard. Unfortunately, this includes the already-not-so-great Southern education. The Cobb County School District was forced to cut millions of dollars from its budget. Sadly, they decided to do this by firing teachers; a RIF—Reduction In Force. But the county did not make their decisions based on the quality of the teachers work. Instead, they went down a list of employees and when they were hired. Teachers new to Cobb County, but not necessarily new to the field of education, were told they would not be back in the fall. This created quite an uproar in many of the schools around the county, including mine. A group of students and alumnae organized a peaceful demonstration. Hundreds of parents, alumnae, current students, and teachers gathered outside the school on a Friday afternoon to show their support for the teachers let go, as well as their disappointment in Cobb County’s horrible decision. The rally was broadcasted on over four channels and published in two newspapers, regarded as the most peaceful demonstration at a Cobb County school.

We knew this wouldn’t change the fact that the county is in debt. But it gave us the chance to show everyone that teachers are more important than meets the eye. Every teacher makes an impact on students. They do more than educate. They inspire us and they support us. So many teachers can be considered our second parents. Without these amazing people who dedicate themselves to bettering the next generation’s future, we would be nowhere. The majority of students don’t even know what they want to do with their lives until they have that one teacher who changes everything. That teacher makes every closed door open wide to a hallway of endless possibilities. We owe our successes and accomplishments to them; our new resolves and larger vocabularies. We give them thirteen years, but they give us our whole future.

The situation we are in is a vicious cycle. These economic problems lead to a bad education, which in turn will lead to similar problems. We need to learn and benefit from the bad experiences and obstacles that occur. Students need teachers to point them in the right direction so in order to go on and find solutions. Education is what determines the future, our fate. It should be the last thing to be cut, rather than one of the biggest.
Georgia is already ranked as 48th in the country for SAT scores. And that’s not entirely because of the students. We need to save our schools in order to have a better future. The best and only way to do that, is to follow through with the mantra of Wheeler’s demonstration: “Save our teachers; save our school!”

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hellothere said...
May 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

wow..good article :D

hjkhjhjkjj has some..interesting comments there :))))

but i would like to know what kind of activities and stuff youre doing thruout the year and thru summer as well :D talk to me :)

hjkhjhjkjj said...
May 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm
so..what exactaly are your plans for the future? what college do you want to go to?
razzleberry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm
I would really like to go to Yale.  
hjkhjhjkjj replied...
May 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

oh wow :) nice

so...what are your plans to get into that college? what are you going to do throughout high school?

razzleberry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 28, 2010 at 10:46 am
I'm doing absolutely everything I can. Taking as many challenging classes as possible, joining as many clubs and extracurriculars, getting leadership positions, working in my community, and spending my summers in academic programs. I hope my efforts don't go to waste! :]
hjkhjhjkjj replied...
May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

oh nice :)

so what leadership positions do you have? and what kind of volunteer/ helping the community stuff are you doing?

razzleberry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 4, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Well I'm Sophomore class president, Interact club founder and president, and a Leadership club assistant coordinator. As for volunteering, I'm in a lot of service clubs so I volunteer through them plus I'm working on some independent programs.
hjkhjhjkjj replied...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm


so..what awards have you won?

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