To the editor:
Sponsored by the National Education Association, American Legion, PTA and other organizations, American Education Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate public education and the difference it makes in the lives of children.
I have the privilege of visiting with Kansas National Education Association members across the state and always leave their schools impressed and grateful for their dedication and commitment.
At the School of New Beginnings in Lansing, Robin Crim looks for engaging activities to motivate her students. Her elementary students learn science by growing lima beans under different variables and comparing their progress. The small class size provides each child the chance to develop at a pace that allows him or her to transition back to a standard school setting.
This example is just a snapshot of the effective work of teachers and schools across the state. Kansas students thrive when they have dedicated and talented teachers. They thrive when their schools have the resources to offer rich learning opportunities. And they thrive when their teachers are treated as professionals and are supported by their administrations and their communities. Take time to learn what matters in education. Visit a school or talk to an educator about public schools today. Let others know – through PTA, civic groups, and neighborhood gatherings – the great things happening in our schools.