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After seeing the first back to school commercial on the tele in mid July I said to myself, self, get over it. I am now singing “It is the most wonderful time of the year. . .” in the shower in the morning. Why the change? Because my 5 year old daughter can’t wait. Tonight she had a fashion show for Tricia (my wife) and I of all the new outfits that Grandma bought her. She is beyond excited. After a very successful year in junior kindergarten she can’t wait. Friends, crafts, reading, writing and maths. She loves it all. Her favorite this summer though was being a young scientist and “doing lots of spearmints.” Okay so we have a ways to go on the phonemes. Her vocabulary is excellent though, just ask her, she will tell you confidently that her Principal father has to be much more “responsibler” than the vice principal a man she knows as her uncle.

Our public school system does wonders and miracles for children that still, after 12 years in the business, leaves me with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart for our future. Former Director of Education (now the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Student Achievement Officer of the Ministry of Education of Ontario) reiterated it again last week at our district’s summer conference, Vision to Pratice, when she stated “Our job is to guide, lead and support students to their most richly imagined future.”  My daughter feels that that is exactly what happens to her in school.  Zoë believes, as I do, that a teacher’s job is to help her learn to become a jazz dancing princess who has the biggest garden in town and plays professional soccer and cares for animals while helping her life partner raise the family.   A teacher’s job is not impossible.  In fact, teachers are the only reason that everything is possible.  It is teachers that make kids of all ages believe they are going to be a silver screen star, a child psychologist, an electrical engineer, an astronaut, a one legged high jumper (Thanks J.H.), or an elementary school Principal.

Teachers ,in my book , are miracle workers.  They face challenges everyday and are faced with impossible odds and leverage that with the small goal of simply making the world a better place, continuing democracy, protecting (or “fortecting” as my daughter says) the weak, sick and poor.  I mean, how much more “responsibler” can you get.  Teachers, take care of my daughters dreams please. They are sacred to humanity and to her Mama and Daddy.

God bless you teachers,  and all educators,  have a great year.

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