Become a teacher

Did you know only one of our area top high school graduates (last week’s Star News) specifically stated his plan was to become a teacher? Can one of those top students even say, “I am not sure what direction God will have me take with my career and life after that, but I know that his plans are good” in a newspaper? Can I even point out such a statement?
Why was only one graduate willing to seek the time-honored and highly respected profession of teaching? Do we really value and respect our teachers? Also, why was only one young lady willing to express her strong Christian belief in God’s plan for her life? Did you know I believed it was God’s call that led me to become a Christian teaching in a public school (relax) in Wisconsin?
Have you read the book “The Elk River Story” about a community that has values and beliefs in being the very best place to live and grow for all people? And that some people/groups are even praying for our community, including our students and teachers?
Is a quality education with the best and brightest teachers an important concern for you and your children/grandchildren? Should all citizens of a society and economy be concerned about education even if they do not have children/grandchildren in school? Why did you not become a teacher? Have you ever had a special teacher who challenged, understood and motivated you? Will you encourage your children/grandchildren to become a teacher? Why? Why not?
Have you noticed I just keep asking questions? If these are important questions, should we as a community continue the conversation? I probably should not be negative in my opinion, right? So, why are teachers not held in the highest regard by its communities? Why do some just reel about all the time off those teachers have and their huge salaries for what they do? Do you want to reply?
Did I make you think, mad, question? Is that the point of thinking and questioning? Or is that the point of education on the whole? — Richard George, Elk River