Many posted that their greatest reward is the look on a student’s faces when the light comes on as a new concept is understood. Most report that they teach for the fulfillment of helping others; there is not a more rewarding feeling.
One post said, “I teach because I remember back when I was in second grade and my teacher allowed me to have a voice in our classroom. She showed me that children have valid opinions and genuine emotions.”
The major characteristic of a good teacher is their driving passion to reach the minds and hearts of their children by whatever means possible. That very characteristic has worked against teachers for decades. No matter how little the state or school system gives them to do their job, that passion drives them to find a way regardless. The result often times is “well, if they can do it without paper or salary or …” you fill in the blank “… then why give it to them in the first place?”
Is this the reason the legislature and the Governor suppress teacher pay? Is this why they strive to privatize teacher retirement? Is there any pride in telling teachers and students that we place more value on them than the children of Mississippi, but less value than those of the 48 other states?
The odds were stacked against Wanda Pratt and her children. She did what she had to do. The odds are also stacked against our teachers as they do what they have to do with embarrassingly meager funding to make our children believe…to keep our children off the streets. Those teachers, one and all, are Oklahoma’s real MVPs.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as a State Representative. If there is anything that I can do to assist you, call me at 405-557-7401 or email me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov. I look forward to hearing from you soon.