|Teachers' Day activity in US|
May 4 is National Teacher Day, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. It is always celebrated the Tuesday of the first full week of May, so the actual date varies each year.The whole week -- this year May 2-8 -- is designated Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA.This year's theme is "We are the NEA -- Together Making Great Public Schools for Every Child."Our downloadable artwork this year is more member-focused than in the past. Here’s why:Education Secretary Rod Paige, while addressing state governors February 23, labeled NEA a "terrorist organization."We don't know why he said this, but we believe it's because of our work and insistence that Congress properly fix and fund President Bush’s "No Child Left Behind" law. Paige’s comments caused a firestorm of anger among our 2.7 million members and thousands of other teachers and school employees.Members were rightfully upset by Paige's description of their union and professional association. And in this era no one takes the word "terrorist" or phrase “terrorist organization” lightly.Teachers are true heroes in our communities, who through their dedication to children, work millions of small miracles every day. And the vast majority of teachers in the United States are NEA members, proud to be advocates for children, public education, and their profession. Additionally, there are hundreds of teachers and education support professionals actively serving in the U.S. military.National Teacher Day focuses on the contributions teachers make to help children succeed in school and in life. Public schools are where children learn to be Americans. School is where they learn the Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. Constitution. It provides students their first opportunity to vote. It is where we all learn that wherever we are from, we are united as Americans.