This Wednesday is important. Why, you may ask? It does put us closer to the weekend. It does move us closer to the end of the school year and a time that implies restoration for most. This Wednesday is particularly important for students and school teachers alike across our state. Many teachers will participate in the March for Students & Rally for Respect in Raleigh.
It’s been my experience that teachers perform herculean tasks that often go beyond the scope of assigned curriculum. Teachers are often called upon to solve problems that have begun at home where there are inadequate funds for clothing, shoes, or supplies. Often teachers will take care of these issues using their own resources. Many teachers offer the most consistent care that a student experiences and they mediate issues between students and sometimes between parents. After teachers have solved these issues to the best of their ability they can begin shaping minds and opening the world of knowledge to students.
I’ve spent most of my ministry serving children and young adults. They are amazing. They know stuff-things that I didn’t know until my twenties. As a whole they are eager, creative, and interested. They bring vitality to the table. When their basic needs are met, students create the most remarkable projects, papers, and pieces of art. They need teachers who are enthusiastic about their job, who have adequate funding, and who are paid enough. They are entrusted with a precious resource: our children and youth.
I’m writing this as parents bring eager children into the church for a day of learning at the PPK. Some students are galloping in the building, some are enjoying a last-minute conversation with a parent or grandparent. They are fortunate to be heading into a place where teachers are prepared to shape these eager minds.
My prayer for tomorrow is that our educators will be heard, that they day will go smoothly and all experience traveling mercies.
God of wisdom, your Son came among us as a teacher. Send your blessing on all who are engaged in the work of education; give them clearness of vision and freshness of thought, and the support that they need to open the minds of their students; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.