If you wonder about the coach’s philosophy of playing every member of his or her team equally, give some thought to the purpose of games. Youngsters learn more than just physical skills when they compete, and all should have the chance to learn teamwork and respect and good sportsmanship – all the things they learn when given the chance to play.
When you are tempted to question why your child has a student teacher in class, remember that teachers start out somewhere. They learn by doing, and your child is lucky enough to be part of helping that happen – that makes your child a teacher, too.
If you wonder about the role of school resource officers, you should come to a high school graduation and you will see the long lines of graduates waiting to hug or shake the hand of the officers they have come to know, respect and appreciate for their contributions.
The list could certainly go on. The people that students see every day are the ones they learn from – they may learn the value of nutrition, they may learn to respect their surroundings by helping keep the hallway clean, they may learn new skills from community volunteers, they may learn the joy of carefree time on the playground.
The important thing is that throughout the day, they are given the opportunity to learn. And learn they do, because we are a community of teachers.