When I first heard that this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week my immediate reaction was, “What about the other 51 weeks of the year!” I believe that our US Teacher-force is perhaps the single most important resource that we have and we as a nation ought to be celebrating and investing in our teachers.
There are 3.75 million K-12 teachers in the US. (3.1 million public school teachers, 72,000 Charter, 437,000 private, 146,000 catholic school teachers). Education Reform shows an average student-teacher ratio of 16 students per teacher. This seems number seems low but it is a fine starting point for my argument.