Give thanks for our teachers. Their toil and sacrifice is a national treasure, for they enable all the
professions our country will require for a successful economy, good health, leading technology, abundant food, security, and more. Our teachers are of far greater importance to America’s posterity than the value placed on them by policymakers and the public.
In a study updated in 2014, Harvard economists Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff of Columbia, tracked 2.5 million students from the same urban school district over 20 years, from fourth grade to adulthood. The study found that “students assigned to higher quality teachers are more successful in many dimensions. They are more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods, and save more for retirement. They are also less likely to have children as teenagers. Teachers’ impacts on earnings are also similar in percentage terms for students from low and high income families.”
Learn more about what teachers are doing in public high schools from honored young teachers: 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb and 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James E. Ford.
Presidential Candidate Barack Obama in 2008: “The single most important factor in determining [student] achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from. It’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It’s who their teacher is.”
Thank a teacher.