At this time of year we are all reminded that we should give thanks for what we have and how fortunate we are. Although this is not true of so many millions of people on the planet at present, it is certainly true for so many of us.
Thanks comes in all kinds of forms and should be said for a whole host of reasons and I think it is especially important to extend those thoughts to an industry that is facing so much adversity at present.
With funding cuts, staff shortages and negative press I wanted to take a moment from the season of goodwill to say thank you to teachers. Being a writer and producing pieces of education news on a weekly basis, teacher shortages and the supposed impact on the quality of education stories are hitting the headlines constantly.
I wanted to turn this notion on its head and say thank you. In the climate of public spending cuts and with less young people choosing teaching as a profession, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to teachers for standing strong, thank you to teachers for continuing to teach and thank you to teachers for keeping our education system afloat.
There is no prejudice in our education system; boy, girl, nationality and faith play no part in deciding who can and cannot receive an education. My children will never know what it is like to fight to learn or be forced to watch only the very privileged be able to afford to go to school; my children will be able to learn as much as they want for as long as they want and for this I am very grateful.
So to all teachers at this time of year, thank you for choosing to nurture, care for and teach our children because there are many who scoff and put down the job that you do but they would not choose to take on the challenge of doing it ‘better’.
Merry Christmas to you all.