I am thankful that all children have access to an education. It wasn’t long ago in American history that only white male children of landowners had the right to an education. I am thankful to live in a country in which all students regardless of gender, religion, race, or ethnicity has a right for an education.
I am thankful that all children regardless of ability, disability, or handicapping condition have the right to an education. The American system includes everyone and provides special assistance to those with physical, intellectual, or emotional challenges.
I am thankful that children in public schools may practice any religion of their choice, their family’s choice, or even practice no religion at all. The American system does not force any individual to adopt a state-selected religion. I am grateful for the wisdom of the leaders to set up a system that prohibits indoctrinating children and allows families freedom to choose their own faith or spirituality.
I am thankful for the homeschooling moms and dads have the freedom to choose to serve as their child’s teachers.
I am thankful that schools provide food to those students who might not have anything to eat. I am grateful for the individuals that prepare and serve the food with kindness.
I am thankful that many communities make education a priority by providing resources for buildings, utilities, transportation systems, and personnel.
I am thankful for the arts and music programs in schools that help students find beauty and meaning in school and in life.
I am thankful for modern technology that makes the world a bigger place for students. Students no longer have to rely on teachers, textbooks, and the school library as the primary source of information. By using modern technology, students have a world of information available. Student empowerment changes everything!
I am thankful that conscientious teachers even take time during the holidays for planning and creating engaging learning techniques for their students.
I am thankful that even on holidays dedicated teachers think about their students. They hope that they are well and worry about those who do not have enough to eat or a warm bed. While many teachers are enjoying time with family and getting some much-needed rest, a piece of their heart is with their students.