Elevating Esteem for the Noble Profession of Teaching

Daryl Chesley
February 29, 2024

In today's fast-paced, tech-driven world, teachers remain the unsung heroes shaping the future of society. Their dedication, passion, and commitment to nurturing young minds create the foundation upon which communities and nations build their dreams. But do we acknowledge these foundational pillars with the respect and support they rightfully deserve?

Evan Erdberg, in his new book #TeachersServeToo, champions the cause for teachers across the globe, arguing fervently for the elevation of the teaching profession. It's time for a conversation about uplifting those who dedicate their lives to educating others, and this blog post aims to further that vital dialogue.

A Society is Only as Strong as Its Educators

Imagine a world where teaching is revered as much as any high-profile career. A world where educators are provided with the resources, support, and respect akin to that afforded to top-tier professionals. This isn't just idle daydreaming; it's a societal blueprint for prosperity and advancement. For in every successful individual's backstory, there's a teacher who lit the spark of curiosity and ambition.

It’s not an empty dream. Many European and Asian cultures hold educators in high regard. Teaching is a prestigious role, and they are given the same revere as doctors or high-powered executives. The US lags behind in teacher respect.

Teacher Support Translates to Societal Gains

The impact of supporting our teachers goes far beyond the classroom walls. When teachers feel valued and empowered, their ability to influence positive outcomes increases exponentially. This isn't just about salary increments but also involves professional development, access to innovative teaching tools, and creating an culture where teachers can thrive.

One shining example is the work done by virtual teachers at Proximity Learning, who are tackling educational equity head-on by stepping in for students in schools that would otherwise struggle with vacant teaching positions. These professionals demonstrate the boundless potential of teaching when it's supported and scaled to meet the needs of every learner.

Call to the Heart of Communities

To every teacher who has stayed late to help a student, every administrator who has gone the extra mile to secure funding for better resources, and every school board member advocating for better teacher support – your efforts are recognized and deeply appreciated. It takes a village not just to raise a child, but to support the child's teacher too.

To the general public, remember that the value we place on our educators is reflective of the importance we place on our children's future. The quality of schools affects the whole community, not just the students and parents. With each thriving school district, comes a thriving neighborhood. If you want to impact the community, start in the schools. It's not just about what we say regarding education; it's about what we do to elevate the profession of those who lead the way in classrooms, virtual or otherwise. 

Acknowledging the Pillars of Tomorrow

Supporting teachers is not merely a moral obligation; it is an investment in the destiny of our society. It's about ensuring that those who carry the noble task of educating are equipped, respected, and esteemed. Evan Erdberg's #TeachersServeToo is more than a homage to a noble profession; it's a call to action for all of us to do better for those who are shaping our tomorrow. 

A Better Future Begins with Us

We must be the advocates and the champions for our teachers. It starts with books like #TeachersServeToo and conversations like these, but it must not end here. Each of us has the power to effect change in our communities, and supporting teachers can take many forms:

  • Advocate for increased funding and resources for educational institutions.
  • Volunteer in local schools, showing solidarity with educational professionals.
  • Participate in local school board meetings and voice your support for initiatives benefiting teachers.
  • Express gratitude to the teachers in your life, recognizing their efforts and contributions beyond Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

Teaching is not just a job; it's a calling. And as Evan Erdberg aptly highlights through his poignant words, we must rise to honor this calling with the esteem it deserves.

Support the teachers—the architects of our future. It's about time we all serve too.

Support Teachers. Support Our Future.

After engaging with the thoughts conveyed in this post, please take a moment to reflect on how you can play a role in enhancing the esteem for the position of teaching. Whether you are a part of the educational system or an appreciative member of the general public, your action can make a difference. Support a teacher today, and help build the world of tomorrow.

Share your thoughts on social media using #TeachersServeToo to join the movement!

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about the author
Daryl Chesley

Dr. Daryl Chesley serves as the Director of Innovation at Proximity Learning. His areas of oversight include Curriculum Development & Implementation, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Organizational Innovations, Asynchronous Instruction, Institutional Funding and Proximity Learning’s Instructional Metaverse Development.

Prior to joining Proximity Learning, he held many leadership roles in public education and non-profit Healthcare education: including teacher, coach, High School Principal, Director and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction / Chief Academic Officer. He served in the US Navy. He attended Villanova University for undergraduate and earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University. Daryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for Maine ASCD.

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