Friday, August 31, 2007

Happy Teachers Day

My daughter is proud to celebrate Teachers’ Day today, and no, she is not a teacher, but due to the fact that she making muffin for her teachers rather than buying for them.

Come to think of it, I celebrated Teachers’ Day as a student for more than ten years, but I only know that it was done to show appreciation to our respectable teachers. Today, almost twenty years after I left school, I found out where and how it got started.

"National Teacher's Day history is quite interesting. Read on to know about history and origin of Happy National Teachers Day.

In 1944, an Arkansas teacher, Mrs. Mattye Whyte Woodridge, corresponded with political and educational leaders for a national day honoring teachers. She also wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day in 1953.

In the late 1970s, the National Education Association (NEA), its Indiana and Kansas state affiliates, and its local affiliate in Dodge City, Kansas, lobbied Congress for the creation of a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher's Day. But it was declared as National Teacher's Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when NEA and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher's Day. Since then, National Teacher's Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May.

This is all about the National Teachers' Day origin.

This article is extracted from here."

I have some friends who teach, it is not an easy profession, especially in Singapore today. I wish all teachers a Happy Teachers' Day today, but be happy all year round. Happy Teaching!

1 comment:

Yash said...

Let's celebrate Teacher's Day with lots of fun. Lets pay respect to these Teachers which are our parents in our School Life Our teachers are always very special. They make learning a wonderful experience for us. But it's not often that we thank these wonderful people who help in building that foundation on which our dreams and desires stand. On World Teachers' Day, reach out to all those splendid people with our ecards and tell them how important they are to you and to the society.

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