What can we do in life that does not start with learning? From the family farmers teaching their children how to care for the land, to the scientist who design a new spacecraft, to the plumbers who keep our system ‘flowing’. They all started with learning a trade or skill. To learn a new skill we need the basic building blocks of knowledge, and who teaches us these skills? Teachers. Teachers teach, and are, the base foundation on everything we learn and achieve in life. How do we expect our children to succeed when we don’t provide the ones getting them a start with a livable wage?
We need to increase funding to our schools and teachers if we want to avert a future without progress. I propose we expect more from our teachers, but we need to give them a reason to reach higher. With increased teacher salaries and educational incentives; tuition reimbursement, raises for higher degrees and skills (trades teachers), we can attract and retain the best for our children and our future.