As commencement season winds down, it is time to recognize those weary but happy warriors of the classroom: our teachers. A round of applause, accompanied by a substantial pay raise, would be in order.
The late Kurt Vonnegut offers the best observation I’ve read about this honorable profession in his last collection, Armageddon in Retrospect: “The very best thing you can be in life is a teacher, provided that you are crazy in love with what you teach, and that your classes consist of eighteen students or fewer. Classes of eighteen students or fewer are a family, and feel and act like one.”
Patrons, school boards, and administrators should take special note of that last assertion.
Robert F. Willson Jr.
Emeritus professor of English, UMKC