I am sure everyone can remember the teacher that set your mind to yearning for more. I can remember a couple.
I was an instructor in the Navy for a few years, that is not as challenging as teaching in a public or private school. Even if I was qualified, I am not sure if that would be a profession I could be comfortable in this day and time.
In the past few days I had the chance to sit under a teacher I had in (1962) summer school, Dr. Vhooris. He was teaching Bible when my goal was to be a preacher. He was just out of school himself, after spending a few years in the US Army. He was young, lean and a ‘spell binding’ teacher. Now in his 80’s, he had to be helped to the podium. He is now bald and a little over weight. No longer the young fire-eating professor he was in 1962.
I wish I could have heard the words, I sat, as always, in silence, but watched him, and I also watched the audience. NO CHANGE! Like him, hate him or disagree, YOU STILL LISTEN. The audience was captivated. I smiled remembering how he could keep my interest, and make me want to learn, or prove him wrong.
There must be teachers today, who teach to see young lives change and lights come on when a point is truly ingested, but I think they are farther apart than they used to be. I think at one time teaching was considered more of a moral calling. An inner drive to grow young minds and not just a job.
Today I was remembering Mrs. Brevard, from Valdese High School. She taught Algebra 1. She had a knack, of pushing until you smiled in relief when you realized ‘X’ was not that illusive.
My mind went to the latest studies that show that we as Americans are ‘dumber’ over all, than we were 50 years ago. Teachers, TEACHERS! we need teachers, teachers who are backed by administration, parents and society. Teachers who can teach and not spend half their time trying to enforce discipline.
We have a niece who just won ‘Teacher of the Year’ in Gastonia. A sweet dedicated lady. A good friend Bonnie, who has excelled as a teacher. Jackie (who is very sweet) over at ‘Teacher’s Pet’ (http://jackiesteacherspet.blogspot.com/)is or was a teacher.
Good Teachers are GOLDEN!
I never graduated from HS, College or anything. But I have attended a few. LOL
Sherry beside a 1937 Ford Convertible, her year!