In the world of education, teachers have constantly been overlooked for the incredible work they do in-and-out of the classroom. The responsibility of looking into the eyes of a younger generation and finding the underlying fire and inspiration to spark motivation within a senseless and injustice world is something that I continue to admire each and every day. Instead of simply using the textbook as their artillery, teachers, and educational professionals look to go beyond the obstacles and limitations that education restricts upon them in order to explore and examine the necessary approaches that create the impactful mechanisms for growth and success. For the sake of academia, it is imperative that we continue the good fight for equality, fairness, and, most importantly, education. With just a few more weeks, our educational soldiers will be on the frontlines of a gap that continues to persist today. If we want to make a change, we need to continue fighting now and provide our teachers with the support they need to give our children the opportunity for something greater in their future.

Now with education, accessing and receiving a quality education is simply a universal right as a human being. But as much as it is our right, millions of children in the United States are denied this freedom because of the socio-economic status that continues to hinder their opportunities for an excellent education. While many programs are geared to provide those particular communities with the resources for a quality education, we need to go into education reform with a sense of respect and understanding in order to promote the dignity and full development of transformative change.

To begin, our focus needs to be tailored towards the causes that extrapolate the educational gaps today. For years, we have seen a decline in student success and passing, especially within the core subjects such as reading, mathematics, and science. Living in today’s technologically advanced era, you would think that millions of children are receiving the education that they deserve. But as much as we can be so cavalier with our thinking, we need to understand the complexities of the barriers hindering our children’s access to a complete and beneficial education. Certain impediments that continue to impact this right for an excellent education are the following:

  • Poverty
  • Challenging Geographies and Communities
  • Socio-Economic status
  • Conflict-affected situations
  • Gender
  • Resources
  • Quality Teaching

While teachers and educators will have to wait until there is a dramatic change in education policy, they will have to embrace the limitations and recognize the immediate impact they can have on a student’s life. The continued internal and external resistance will define the overall structure and culture of a teacher. Their willingness to strategize and implement strong, tangible and everlasting lessons will be the game changer and silver bullet for that academic year. But in order for this to happen, that construction of the educational reality that they work in will give them the necessary space to both addresses and overcome the roadblocks to their students’ success.

Now, I am not here to say that this will be done immediately. In fact, it takes a certain amount of time and level of respect and humility to accept the job that is needed by an educator. But once that is all and said, a teacher will be able to empower their students with the ultimate equalizers within our society. So, whether you are a parent, a student, a friend, or a colleague, make sure you show your teacher their support. With everything going on in the world, they need your care and guidance now more than ever.