FAKE EDUCATION NEWS
Across America this week, small groups of parents and legal guardians have shown an outpouring of support for teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Their numbers have been bolstered by a small, but enthusiastic handful of absentee fathers. At last count, nine absentee fathers had participated in events nationwide, though organizers put the number closer to 20.
Here at Terronez Middle School in Fresno, California, seven parents turned out to support the teachers. Local chapter president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of Our Kids Are Yours (OKAY), Janelle McGuire, says that, “In this day and age it’s just great to have somebody else to instill basic values in our children for us. I mean, we didn’t go to school for this. Let somebody with qualifications handle it. It just makes sense.”
Rallies around the country have drawn as many as a dozen people at a time to show support for teachers. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement in praise of teachers on their special day. In part it said:
“As Americans we have come to accept that large swaths of our society have abdicated their responsibility for instilling any common sense system of values or basic notions of right and wrong in their children. This has created a tremendous opportunity for teachers to step up to the plate and deliver not only high quality instruction in their content areas but high quality instruction in basic civility, respect for self and others, the value of effort and work, common manners, nutrition, hygiene, and a host of other crucial attitudes and behaviors that for millions of years have typically been provided by parents…Whether you are the millionaire parent of an alcoholic homicidal lacrosse player in Virginia or a 35-year-old grandmother on the South Side of Chicago, you rely on teachers. So, go ahead, give ‘em a hug.”
It seems fair to say that teachers everywhere have been basking in glory, respect and appreciation all week.