If you're a teacher, there's a good chance you're on summer break. If you're a student, you are probably experiencing some "down-time" too.
But in a way, teachers and students are no more on vacation than the rest of us working folks. They're just doing a different phase of their jobs. Processing, rejuvenating, preparing for the next push.
Here's a video that touches on the difficulties we impose on our teachers, and how those difficulties are creating a critical loss of qualified teachers in our public schools, not just in the CNMI, but across America.
There's also a touching blog post at Daily Kos by teacher ken. He discusses a book he's reading,how it brings up his own emotional connection to his teaching experiences, and some of those experiences.
And just reading his post makes me want to say, again, to all of the teachers I know out there, thanks. Thanks for trying to expand your hearts to include my child and all the children who come your way. Please, enjoy the summer. Please, keep teaching.