Reinforcing the Value of the Teaching Profession

Will today’s students be ready and able to meet the challenges of society’s uncertain future as literate, creative, and critical thinkers; as wise, compassionate, and knowledgeable citizens; as workers with the skills and ability to resolve challenges within their professions? The answer to this question lies with teachers and the teaching profession.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education is partnering with fourteen other leaders of educational organizations to release a joint statement that seeks to reinforce the value and importance of the profession of teaching. With more than 200,000 educators represented, the statement expresses the belief that teachers, as change agents, have the ability to fill our communities with informed, caring, and engaged citizens.

The full statement can be found at http://bit.ly/Teaching2016.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” proclaimed one of the world’s greatest advocates, Nelson Mandela. Today, we are reflecting on these words and choosing to stand together to continue to share this powerful message.

Through the collaboration and partnering of our various organizations, we are positioning ourselves to inform decisions and reinforce the value of the teaching profession as one worthy of respect and equal status among all other professions.

Michael Connet, Senior Director of Programs and Communications for the Association for Career and Technical Education, shares, “ACTE is pleased to be able to signal its support for the joint statement regarding the profession of teaching and the message it delivers.”

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Nelson Mandela: It is in your hands to make a difference!

Faye Snodgress is executive director of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Nelson MandelaAs the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and reflects on his enduring impact in the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a global culture of peace, it is the values that guided his life that must continue to be embraced by people around the world.

Consistent with the aims of education for sustainable development, Mandela encouraged change that would create a more viable and fairer South African society by focusing on the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, uplifting those in poverty, the protection of human rights, and peace and reconciliation. As educators, we too, are change agents who strive to make the world a better place by promoting equity and inclusion, quality learning, resilience, and critical problem solving.

In considering the devastation caused by the recent tsunami in the Philippines and Hurricane Sandy, the links between globalization, poverty, development and the environment can no longer been ignored. More natural disasters and economic challenges lie ahead. This is where education comes in, raising awareness of our individual responsibilities to make responsible choices and to respect other people, nature, and diversity. By relating content areas to the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development, we can give orientation and meaning to quality education for all.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”