To Teachers — From a Grateful Nation

Frank B. WithrowBy Frank B. Withrow

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” —John F. Kennedy

No truer words have ever been spoken. A young mind that is stimulated can look with fresh eyes at our problems and find new and creative solutions.  Our most critical asset is the mind of our young people. Public schools are the foundation of our nation. That all men are created equal means that all men can be part of the solutions of any problem raised in our society. Yes, some of us have greater talents than others, but as we work together, we all work to better our nation.  We must always help the ones who have stumbled and lift them up so that we all go forward together.

Each of us can open closed doors that we hardly knew were closed.  The doorway to unlimited potentials must always be the public school doorway. We must be diligent in ensuring that the schoolhouse resources and personnel are the best we can provide. Teachers are our most precious resource needed to develop a prosperous and caring nation.

If we fail our children by under funding our public schools, we are eroding the foundations of our future. A modern technologically well-equipped public school will open the minds of all our children. Well-trained and respected public school teachers are the day-to-day protectors of our future. A dedicated and good teacher can open new horizons for all. Teachers open doors for individuals, communities, states, and the entire nation.

There is no greater joy than to kindle in a searching mind the spirit of truth and knowledge. The greatest gift a teacher can give learners is to open their minds to the truth that one person, working with committed others, can change the world for good.

If you are a teacher and you have done your best, you may not know the greatness that you have sparked in a single learner. A learner you have touched may change the world. Day in and day out you inspire learners to do their very best. To be a teacher is the highest profession in the world today.

Thank you, one and all, for what you do for all of us.

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