Yesterday, Oct. 5, was World Teachers Day. As you can see at UNESCO’s website, the annual celebration honors “the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.” The day is the anniversary of the 1966 signing of The Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers adopted by the Special Intergovernmental Task Force on Teachers.
Perhaps our news day was too full to give the day the focus it deserved.
Perhaps it is because in this nation rather than honor teachers we have been seeing a concerted attack on teaching as a profession and teachers as a group of people who do belong to unions. Teachers and their unions have been under attack, there is a serious attempt to deprofessionalize the field.