Thompson Recognizes National Teachers' Appreciation Day
May 7, 2013
Mr. Speaker, Tuesday May 7th is National Teachers' Appreciation Day.
There are many factors that contribute towards a quality education, but no one factor is more significant than a high performing Teacher.
Teachers make a difference in the lives of students every day across this great Nation. Teachers work to open students' minds to ideas, knowledge and dreams; and keep American democracy alive by laying the foundation for good citizenship. In fact, I believe, they are the foundation of a strong democracy.
To quote President Kennedy: "There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race."
Our Nation faces many challenges today including a struggling economy and record unemployment. For these problems and others, the education provided by teachers can be the key to our success.
I am very appreciative to all of the teachers that have made such a difference in my life, including for my children.
I urge my colleagues to take time to recognize and acknowledge the impact of teachers in our lives. I yield back.