Tomorrow, Wednesday, thousands of teachers associated with South African Democratic Teachers’ Union around the country are expected to strike.
The strike which Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s department has called illegal, is part of the campaign to have the minister and her Director-General Bobby Soobrayan removed from office.
The union’s website says that the marches are meant to increase the pressure on Motshekga and Soobrayan to resign from their incumbent positions in defense of collective bargaining and promotion of quality public education.
Anyway, while teachers prepare to march tomorrow, Barack Obama has delivered a speech at the US Teacher of the Year Event.
It’s his description of a good teacher that caught my eye. I’ve been interviewing teachers over the last few days, and I have been blown away by their commitment and passion. The ten teachers I’ve spoken to want nothing more than their hours and time in the classroom to be facilitated and supported. They love what they do.
Today Obama said of teachers: “…the one thing that binds them together is that they are absolutely devoted to nurturing the next generation. They’re role models who show our kids how to work hard to reach their potential. They encourage our children’s passion. They inspire our children’s imaginations… They understand that their job is more than teaching subjects like reading or chemistry. They’re not just filling blackboards with numbers and diagrams. In classrooms across America, they’re teaching things like character and compassion and resilience and imagination. They’re filling young minds with virtues and values, and teaching our kids how to cooperate and overcome obstacles…
These folks did not go into teaching for money. They certainly didn’t go into it because of the light hours and the easy work. They walk into the classroom every single day because they love doing what they do, because they’re passionate about helping our children realize the best versions of themselves so that our country can become the best version of itself.”
A teachers job is about portraying a trustworthy, caring and dedicated role and to look after learners and ensure that learners recieve an equal and basic education!