Thank you for an excellent editorial.And as other posters have
already pointed out, let's remember this when some people begin their
constant drumbeat of anti-education political rants.
Please pardon my partisan comment at this time of sorrow for this school, this
town and for the entire country. But can I add to this exceelent editorial that
it is worth noting that these were teachers in a public school. At a time when
so many want to malign the work of these teachers and the system they teach in,
how can any of us look on the selfless acts of these teachers and administrators
and not think that this is the example we hope all teachers everywhere, and,
indeed, all people everywhere would want to follow. May all of them rest their
souls in the loving arms of God.
I come from a family of teachers. My Mom, my Dad, three sisters-in-law, my
grandmother, an aunt, my son. And not one of them, not one, would have
hesitated to give their life for the children under their care. That's
what it means to be a teacher.
Time and again we see the heroes in our society who, for pay that can be
described at best as "modest," give their all in service to their nation
and their communities. Teachers, peace officers, firefighters, soldiers...Sure, we call them heroes, but when our elected leaders discuss how we
as a nation will pay them, we treat them as anything but heroes. What does it say about us as a nation when the very people we celebrate for
their commitment and self-sacrifice in times of crisis are treated as
troublemakers when we discuss public budgets?