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October 9, 2013

Let's thank our best teachers

We need our children today, to gain tools for leading, and defending, our nation. And, we need to be responsible and vigilant in providing tools for that job.

This week, we lost one of our greatest teachers, who profoundly impacted our son in every aspect of his year in sixth grade at Delaware Academy (including academics).

Ms. Betty Oles cultured a love of learning for all of her students. She was a hands-on lady. “Classy, caring and effective” best describe her. Many teachers today, share her commitment to students and their love of learning.

A current biology teacher will take high school students on an apple-picking venture. Irrelevant to education as this may seem, this activity will nurture those students’ success in the classroom and beyond … and can promote positive social interaction (spelled out: no drugs, back seat of the car, or parties….just a lot of fun and new experience for some … in the orchard.)

Let’s consistently notice, and thank our teachers and boards of education, when our kids skip off the school bus, sneak one more page after “lights out,” or bug us with questions about caterpillars, the Iroquois Nation or photovoltaic cells. Let’s thank them when our kids walk with confidence, and stay curious.

Let’s thank them when we see teachers loving their own days.

Demands for our time and energy prevail. We strive to excel internationally, embrace new technology, and interpret media responsibly. 

But we need to know, remember and implement the way kids learn most efficiently. We need to diligently push for them to be actively involved in age-and-brain-appropriate tasks, at home, in school and within our communities.

It’s our responsibility to define their success, as it was our responsibility, beginning in the ‘80s, to challenge the practicality of “earlier is better.”

Janine Bray

Bovina Center

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