I have always said that teaching is the most underrated profession, not because I have spent the last 45 years in this profession, but because any job, career or profession is possible through education. . Careers may require knowledge of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, technology (including old carpentry shop, metal shop, in some vocational schools, auto mechanics, body shop, carpentry, electrical wiring) , also in some schools. , family/consumer science (formerly home economics), business education, and more, all of which at one time or another are offered by public schools across the country.
So it’s a pretty good guess/assessment that teachers are hugely underappreciated in what they do for anyone who has or wants a job, career or profession something in their lifetime. The only other “work” that I find most underrated and underrated is the work of a mother, a mum, a mother-in-law, an adoptive mother, a godmother, a single father who, for some reason, is put in a position to serve as mother and father. Tomorrow has become the annual day to honor moms and pay tribute to all they do for their children, even their grandchildren, since their birthday and throughout their lives.
It is often said that children’s first and greatest teachers were/are their parents, especially mothers. I say were because in my generation very few mothers worked outside the home. From the time the children were born, the mothers took care of the children’s needs until they left for school around the age of 5, and even after they went to school when they got home, they reminded their children how to behave, respect, get after work done (homework) properly and on time, and be responsible for household chores and other responsibilities. In those early years, they subjected their children to the alphabet song, counting, color identification, learning to pick up after themselves, television shows such as Romper Room School, Sesame Street , 3-2-1 Contact, Reading Rainbow, Captain Kangaroo and the like. All of these skills, songs and TV shows laid the foundation and that foundation was/is further strengthened by things that mothers continued to teach children after they started school when they came home/coming home from school and had/had set times for chores, homework, everything before recess, hoping to teach accountability for responsibilities, respect, and proper behavior.
This situation has changed significantly, as many homes are single-parent homes and that parent is often the mother, who probably works for much of the children’s early years and after school after school starts, but even if It’s more the norm today than the Romper Room generation, parents are still a child’s best teachers because they teach by example. Children imitate what they see their loved ones doing, saying, acting, having opinions on issues, policies, etc. society.
So yes, mothers, or those who act as mothers in the aforementioned roles, are the first and should be the greatest teachers of a child’s life throughout the early years, but it shouldn’t, and usually does not end. then or there.
I have memories of mom, whom we lost 16 years ago last March, who until the day she died always asked me how to do things, how to react to situations, how to be a better parent and constantly reminded me to always wear clean underwear in case I have an accident. She always asked me why I was spending so much money on football games, wondering why I had to go to games in Cleveland, Buffalo, and not just watch them on TV. After she died, and I was going to church (even today) and there was/is no altar server, I almost felt her giving me a elbow in the ribs, urging me to go upstairs and attend Father at mass. (That’s what she did when I served mass as a kid and there was no servant.) So mom has been my teacher pretty much all of those 69 years of my life she is just teaching me from her heavenly home now.
I vaguely remember mom in my very early years, but I vividly remember the alphabet song, counting, the Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo TV shows, and I especially remember her expectations and those of dad in terms of homework, chores, behavior, respect, responsibility for responsibilities and accepting the consequences if we didn’t do what was expected, or how it was supposed to be done.
Thank you, Mom, for being the first and greatest teacher in my life. Everything good that I am or have done is thanks to you.
So tomorrow, when you get up and before you do anything on a Sunday in May, get in touch with your greatest teacher, whether she’s around here, miles away, or in her spiritual resting place, and let her know you appreciate what she has done to teach you the ropes at the start of your life journey, and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who has played the previously mentioned roles, especially Mom, Sally’s mother, Chasy, Chrissy, Erica, my sisters, sisters-in-laws, grandparents, aunts, cousins, nieces and friends, living and deceased. You are really appreciated and highly rated by the Voice of the Bullpen.