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1. #TeacherAppreciationWeek is complicated for me. Not in the abstract--U.S. teachers are woefully undervalued--but on a personal level as an alum of right-wing evangelical Christian schools.

I started the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools b/c these schools have major issues.
2. In parts of America public schools often fail to be this, but schools should be places where kids learn to be good citizens of a democracy, a prerequisite for which is acceptance of pluralism. Christian schools explicitly teach rejection of pluralism:…
3. I went to Christian schools from 1st through half of sixth grade, then 7th through 12th. Mine were of the more "rigorous" kind. They teach creationism but still want high SAT scores and high college placement rates; they embrace Billy Graham rather than find him "too liberal."
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I take #TeacherAppreciationWeek very seriously myself. Not so much because of my personal experience as a teacher as my personal experience as a student. I can point to 6 specific teachers from my K-12 years who changed my life forever.
Not just this week but EVERY week, I feel compelled to #ThankATeacher:

1. Joe Harris, Elem Gifted Ed
2. Pennie Pearlman, MS Drama
3. Bill Womack, HS Health/PE
4. Lorraine Young, Algebra 1 & Geometry
5. Denie Pursley, Chemistry
6. Sandra Owens, AP Chem, Anatomy, & Microbiology
I became a teacher in order to try to give back and hopefully do for other young people what that group of teachers did for me: Inspire, motivate, love (sometimes tough love when needed), educate, encourage, counsel, and empower.
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