Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations -George Bernard Shaw
Dear Fellow Educators,
Would you recommend a career in education for your own child or relative? Some teachers have told me they specifically discouraged a son or daughter from entering the teaching profession. However, I have recently heard other voices from educators who know what it means to have a “teacher’s heart.” They encourage their own children, as well as other people’s children, to pursue their passion for making a difference in our world through education. At Franklin College, the devotion to helping students prepare for teaching is evident. In fact, I was invited to Franklin for the purpose of uplifting students who have chosen to be teachers.
I did not have to look far to discover a mother and her daughter who were both clearly meant to be teachers. The proud mother is a professor at Franklin College, and she is currently holding a splendid torch. When her daughter saw that light burn brightly, she, too wanted to be a teacher. Thankfully, at Franklin College, the professors are clearly committed to helping students achieve their goals. They are the torches who are lighting the way for the next generation of teachers.
One of my goals this year is to visit as many undergraduate teaching programs as possible to share the positivity of the teaching profession. As I explained that goal at the end of my speech, I was impressed with a young education major who gave me homework. She said she would like to have statistics for the number of people I have encouraged to celebrate teaching. Even though it took me a while to compile the numbers, I did my homework, and I’m excited to share the statistics with you.
I have delivered speeches to 1,118 teachers and teacher educators.
I have spoken with 505 undergraduate education majors.
I have talked with 1,771 students and visited over 107 classrooms.
I have delivered community outreach speeches to 275 people.
I hope I can use all of these experiences to light a fire in the field of education. I want to inspire talented men and women to pursue a degree in education. Yet I also hope current educators will rekindle their own flame by reflecting on the one thing that brought them to education in the first place: a desire to make a difference.
A mother at Franklin College who is a “splendid torch” that passed a love of teaching
to her daughter who will be one of our “next generation” of educators.