At What Cost: Sara’s Story

Throughout my academic and co-curricular pursuits, I have been fortunate to encounter many talented educators.  Several have been kind enough to adhere to my curiosity regarding education as a profession; teaching has forever been my hope for the future.  Unfortunately, I am irked by what I am told while eagerly interrogating high school and college instructors regarding the, er, implications of their chosen careers.

Put simply, I believe that American teachers seem to be highly undervalued. I am 100% sincere when I say that I have yet to converse with any individual who opposes my opinion on this matter. And when our educational institutions lack in such a crucial aspect of learning, how can aspiring students, and teachers, truly excel in our passions?

In a 2008 campaign speech, Barack Obama stated:

“If you commit your life to teaching, America will pay for your college education.”

At the State of the Union Address in January 2011, he went on to say:

“Every young person…who is contemplating a career choice–if you want to make a difference in the life of our nation…become a teacher. Your country needs you.”

Hmm. Okay.

Just months after Mr. President dared to extend such an invitation, a 30 year veteran in education residing in Fairfax, Virginia complained that:

“It’s a lack of respect…our culture doesn’t value teaching…but everyone wants their child to have the best teacher.”

Click here to read the full story from CNN.

^ This makes me angry.

Sure, we won’t be the first to examine these issues, and we won’t even be the first to film a documentary about them.  Gabrielle and I are lucky enough to be among those currently enrolled at institutions of higher education–and studying what we love.  We want to use the skills we are acquiring to pay it forward as advocates for students and teachers who share our aspiration for education reform.

I am continually grateful to the teachers who have inspired me for 15 years of my education; the very least I can do in return is to ensure that future students have the same opportunities to learn from adept, enthusiastic instructors.

Thank you, to some of the wisest people I know:

Steve Varricchio Licking Heights High School

Steve Varricchio Licking Heights High School

Eric Wells Olentangy High School

Eric Wells
Olentangy High School

Left: Mike Goins Right: Harvey Alston Ohio DECA

Left: Mike Goins
Right: Harvey Alston
Ohio DECA

Justin Servis Milford High School

Justin Servis
Milford High School

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