Celebrate public education



READERS WRITE

The 90th annual American Education Week is this week, through Nov. 16. This presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education.

The theme of this year’s celebration, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” reflects our vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. The interaction between children, parents, and teachers cannot be underplayed. If the partnership between teacher and parent is storong, the child’s chances of success skyrocket.

Today’s educators do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as criticial thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation and problem solving. These are skills to help each student throughout life.

Educators continue to improve their skills by attending workshops and training demonstrating we are all lifelong learners. Plerase consider visiting your child’s classroom and learn for yourself how you and the teacher can work together. Ask yourself how you can contribute to your child’s success.

We are proud to have the opportunity to make a difference in lives of the students we serve each day.

Nancy Dowdy

President Blount County Education Association

Bernard Sanderson

President Blount County Education Support

Professionals

Julie Endress

President Oneonta City Education Association

Cathy Smith AEA UniServe Director