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America’s public schools are failing. That’s the provocative premise of two new education documentaries “Waiting for Superman” and “The Lottery.” The films, which follow families who are frustrated with the public schools in their neighborhoods, have sparked a debate about what education solutions are needed.
One of the chief complaints in the discussion is that the films ignore the good work that’s happening in public schools.
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Here's your “Be a Hero” call to action for the day: Give a public shout out to a public school teacher who made a difference in your life. It could be your child’s teacher, or an instructor you had as a child.
By 3 p.m. EST today post your response in the comments here, tweet your praise with the hashtag #BeAHero or send us an iReport about that special teacher. Which teacher did you choose? How did that person inspire, motivate or change you?
Check back here in the evening, when we will post a roundup of the most standout daily heroics.
Mrs. Kyle is the best example of the teacher who made a difference in my life. I remember her like it was yesterday. I was in 4th grade in the Norfolk Public School system.The school was John T. West Elementary. The year was 1976, the bicentennial year. Mrs. Kyle taught me the value of a good education, the love of reading and the meaning of hard work pays off. I've used her lessons throughout my life. Thank you, Mrs. Kyle and God Bless You!
Mrs. Munoz, my first-grade teacher in Holbrook, AZ was one of many, many teachers in my life that made an impression on me. She was patient, kind, and made every student feel special. I remember the loving, soft-spoken air that she taught with every day and I credit her (and my grandmother) with my love for reading. I am a teacher today and I know that it was teachers like Mrs. Munoz that made school such a great place to be and one of the reasons why I chose it as a career.
In a age where we idolize 20-something billionaires and teenage pro-athletes my friend Mr. T, a young teacher just starting out in Fremont, CA devotes his life to his students. His days are spent with his fourth-grade class and afternoons at a local tutoring center. Evenings, he is completing a distance-based master program and during the summer he teaches magic. Bravo and thank you to all the teachers working in the trenches, especially if you are as kind and special as Mr. T.
Ms. Waterman, Parker Elementary in Houston is my daughter's kindergarten teacher. I am thankful for her enthusiam, her heart and her willingness to continue searching for more ways for the children to learn new and intriguing things. She has personally committed additional time to planning and doing things for the students and also purchased treasure chest -small gifts (to help them with good manners and behavior) and t-shirts so that the class feels united (all with her own money). Thank you for teaching my daughter and caring so much, allowing me to have a great day at work while I am away from her!
MyKenya Brown, 3rd grade teacher, White Oak Elementary School in Sugar Hill, GA, hands down! Miss Brown makes learning fun, makes allies of the kids in her class, communicates almost daily with the parents and pours her heart into everything she does in her class. She truly cares about the kids in her charge, and lets them know it. She walks the thin line between maintaining order and discipline and having fun while truly learning as if it were a four lane highway. She is truly a wonder and my daughter and I are blessed to have had her as her teacher last year. I can't say enough about her! We love you, Miss Brown!!!!!
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