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In the hierarchy of the critical relationships that a child must have in order to be a happy productive adult, his parents, family and friends come first. But close behind the network of nurturers, confidants, and playmates is the teacher.

It may be a bitter pill for those who hold teachers in such low regard, but a child’s teachers have a powerful and substantial influence on their integral pattern of thinking. And a teacher can often times have more influence over a child than a parent.

Children spend more waking hours with their teachers than their parents, clocking in with time spent at school five days a week, ten months out of a year for all but four or five of their pre-adult years. One teacher in the expanse of a year can be an amazing influence on a child or create mental distress for the student.

When one of my sons was in elementary school, I noticed that his laundry basket was full every day. And the clothes were obviously still clean. After a couple of days of having several full loads of laundry, I asked him why he was putting his clean laundry in the basket. He explained to me that the clothes were not clean.

His teacher had told him that we have body odor on our clothes after just wearing them a few hours and that we must change our clothes regularly so as not to smell. My son was literally changing his clothes every few hours so as not to smell.

Even though I tried to address the issue with my son by putting her comments in perspective, he insisted that that nothing should ever be worn more than once.

It took some time to convince him that in our home we could wear our clothes all day long without washing them, but he eventually caught on when he ran out of clean clothes. Nonetheless, he always remained in the mindset that wearing a shirt more than one day was a desecration of the human body.

My son’s teacher was a well-meaning lady. Her lesson on body cleanliness met her personal definition of personal hygiene. But for me, who had a family of males, a little dirt was a part of the home d├ęcor. A little grime and a little sweat was good for my guys.

It wasn’t the lesson that was the problem. It was the readiness of my son to follow his teacher’s advice contrary to his own mother’s judgment.

Many children hang on their teachers’ every word. If their teacher speaks it, it’s gospel. And in many cases it’s a hopeless cause. You told your youngin’ to listen to his teacher, and he did. It’s hard to take those words back.

And it is for this very reason that you had better darn well make sure you have competent and “bright” teachers. Your children are a captive audience in the teachers’ classrooms, and whether you are aware of it or not, the students listen and file the information away in their little minds.

Like it or not, there is no room for debate over the fact that with everything in life, you get what you pay for. Quality is a fundamental aspect of anything that is valuable including education.

It is not by coincidence that the members of the elite establishment send their children to private schools where the teachers make upwards of six figure salaries. The teachers at these academies for education are academic stars who could have met the standards for medical school or any other professional competitive field.

The upper class understand that their children will get the best education with the brighter teachers, teachers who will not sell their talents for the paltry pay of a public school teacher. And they demand that the schools their children attend hire only the brightest and most highly qualified people whose job it will be to influence the children.

I am not advocating paying public school teachers six-figure salaries. But I am identifying the direct correlation between teacher pay and quality education. When you are searching for quality, you almost always have to follow the money. Our public school systems are not the T.J. Max of education.

Our children no longer have the skills to think critically. They are being programmed by many inferior teachers who bought into the sublevel curriculum and are passing it on to the kids. This phenomenon will continue until John Q. Public understands the problems within the educational system and decide to invest in the teachers.

What’s on the horizon for teachers and public education?…………………to be continued

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