Thanksgiving is an opportune time to thank teachers for the great work they do every day to shape the minds of future generations. We all remember the teachers who had the greatest impact in our lives – those we loved, those we feared, those who challenged us and those who, simply put, were no good. For me, it was Mrs. Campbell, my high school French teacher, who helped get me to college (and earn credit toward a degree) by encouraging me to take more Advanced Placement courses and tests.
Unlike most professions, where knowing your subject matter is enough to pull you through, teaching is both art and science – teachers need to know their core subject, but they also need to bring the topic to life in a way that makes learning possible. So during this holiday season, here are three ways policymakers can help celebrate this noble profession: