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Preparing Our Future Workforce

Educating our children is about more than just teaching the next generation, it’s about building the economy of tomorrow and strengthening our democracy, and every child in America deserves a world-class education.

For more than 20 years, I was honored to have the opportunity to teach young Americans and I was humbled to learn just as much from them as well. I firmly believe one of the most important things you can do as a teacher is to create a culture in the classroom that values each student’s contribution and instills a life-long passion for learning that burns long after that student no longer sits in a desk. I was fortunate to have many teachers in my life that inspired me to learn and explore the world around me.

After serving in Congress, I often joke that every student who took my social studies class deserves a refund because I was wrong about it all. In all seriousness though, if Congress followed more of the values we learn in the classroom, we would be better off. Treat people how you want to be treated. Question your own assumptions. Don’t let your ideology dictate the facts, but rather let the facts dictate your ideology. Share. Leave things better than you found them.

Since first being elected to Congress, I have had the unique opportunity to visit many classrooms and see firsthand the promise of the next generation and the hard work our educators put in every single day.

These days, our educators face unique challenges. All too often, they are underappreciated, underpaid, and even under attack simply for performing their job. We need to continue the fight to ensure our educators have the resources they need to do their jobs.

This week, as we celebrate American Education Week, educators around the country deserve our gratitude for all they do to make our children successful, keep them safe, and prepare them for the road ahead.

Educator for a Day Program Participants Share Their Experiences