14 April 2016

#MakingADifference - #100DayProject - Day 014

Yesterday was an amazing day for basketball fans as two big events occurred. First, it was the last game for Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant who led his team to a 4th quarter victory over my home state team, the Utah Jazz, by scoring an impressive 60 points! And if that wasn't enough excitement, the Golden State Warriors broke an NBA record for best record in a regular season when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104. Congrats to both the Black Mamba and the Warriors on their amazing athletic feats!

While both of the above events are incredible, it made me think of how different the world of sports is to the world of teaching. Wouldn't it be cool if teachers were treated in the same manner as athletes? Having their retirement make headlines and even be partially to blame for a massive Twitter outage during their last lesson in class? I guess I'm not the only one to wonder about this alternate universe because popular comedy sketch duo Key & Peele created an amazing sketch called TeachingCenter back in July 2015 to address such ideas. If you haven't already contributed to more than 6.4 million views, then do so now.

As funny as the above sketch is, I kind of wish the actual teaching career had even just a smidge more similarities because those teachers in the video were worshipped! Not that I need to be worshipped, but I wish the profession was more respected. So even if you don't have the salaries mentioned in the video ($80 Million guaranteed over 6 years with $40 Million in testing incentives!), have press conferences to announce your pending transfer of schools, or were "drafted" out of college becoming an instant millionaire, know that you matter and that you make a difference!

Thanks for being a teacher and changing the world one child at a time!

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