A couple of years ago, I came across a famous quote by Ivan Welton Fitzwater proclaiming the importance of being a teacher.
“I am a teacher! What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds who will echo these images across the ages. My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn, people I will never see or know. The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds of tomorrow's leaders will be molded either artistically or grotesquely by what I do. Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves or murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.”
Before I read this quote, I didn’t realize how important the role of a teacher was towards a student’s future. It’s hard at first to see how teachers actually teach the future when we’re only thinking about this very moment. But it’s very true; a teacher that contributes to a student’s academic success will indirectly affect other people in this world. After reading this passage, I came to a discernment that a teacher’s profession was very important, being that they have the power to pilot and misguide the future of America. Because learning can sometimes be a difficult process, teachers help by guiding students. Teachers have always and will always lay the foundation of education for students to follow. It is inevitable because teachers were once students, and to get to their place, they had to learn as students.
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