Teachers matter.

President Obama spoke these words during Tuesday’s State of the Union address in which he made education a major component of his speech.

We heard Obama ask the country to stop bashing our teachers and make sure we keep good teachers on the job. He is calling for schools to reward good teachers as well. Overall, I think Obama has some good plans for education, and I hope he can follow through on some of these promises before this term is over.

However, in my opinion, the most important statement he made was this: “In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn. That’s a bargain worth making.”

Can we hear an AMEN!

The ideas Obama laid out in that statement are the simple requests educators have always asked for. 

Let us teach.

Our students can have success in the classroom. We can be creative and passionate teachers. We help kids learn. We care for kids. We nurture our kids like any good parent. We don’t need any standardized test to do all these things and to do them well. 

When teachers truly have the freedom to teach and students truly have the freedom to learn, our nation will see that teachers count. We don’t need any merit pay or standardized test scores to tell us how well our teachers and students are doing. When we allow teachers the freedom to teach with creativity and passion, the bad teachers and the lazy teachers will surely be seen and eliminated.

Let’s not forget that teachers matter. 

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