I come from a family of educators. I grew up in a rural town in McLennan County where a large number of the teachers and administrators shared my mother’s maiden name or were varying degrees of cousins – and my grandmother could tell you exactly how far back! It’s hard to get away with much in a small town, but even more so when your family has infiltrated the school system. The only person who had it harder than me in my Aunt Darlene’s Geometry class was my cousin Travis, who couldn’t exactly avoid his mom at home.
My sister is now a kindergarten teacher in North Texas, and many of my friends from childhood and college are teaching across the state. When I consider the impact that they are making in the lives of their students I am reminded of how thankful we should all be for these remarkable men and women who shape the lives of our young people and hopefully prepare them to be leaders in our communities.
Think about that for a moment – the kids in our schools today will be the voting members of society tomorrow who make decision about our health care, budget and economy, and…natural resources.
In addition to all of the other important subjects – math, English/literature/reading, science, history, social studies, art/theater/music, physical education – that our educators manage to juggle, isn’t it critical that there be a time and place for students to learn about the physical world around them and their responsibility to care for it?