The Painman’s Favorite Songs for “National Teachers Day”
National Teachers Day isn’t an official holiday, but it should be. Heck, it should be every day. National Teachers Day is typically recognized on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. While most will only apply this day to traditional teachers, I think anyone in any field of education should be honored.
As a kid, I didn’t have much appreciation for teachers, but the older I get, the more I appreciate the value of a good education. Teachers put in a ton of time in each child with very little return, so they definitely deserve a day of recognition.
Before I get to my list of songs for the ‘day’, I’m gonna get a little political for a second.
Did you know that Texas has dropped to 49th in spending per student and is over $3,000 below the national average? Think about it, the United States of America is comprised of 50 states, right? We’re 49th in spending per student, according to the National Education Association. That’s pitiful. What kind of message does that send to the kids?
Not only are our children suffering, but the teachers are as well. The average teacher’s salary has continually dropped and Texas now ranks 38th nationally in teacher pay.
Honestly, that disgusts me.
Those are facts. I’m not pointing fingers, I’m just providing the facts. You can do your own research to determine where the fingers should be pointing. But, being a state issue, you have to start in Austin.
Now, on to the lighter side of this…since it is National Teachers Day, I’d like to thank all of you out there in the education system for all you’re doing for our children.
In honor of today, I’ve thrown together a fun list of songs that have some association with school.