I’m really torn on this but land more on the side of ‘why more useless recognition’ when what is really needed is more teachers, better preparation, better pay, better benefits. I’m old enough to remember when being a teacher was a prestigious job; they were respected by parents and those parents taught their children to respect the teachers. Teachers have not so much ‘changed’ as they have been beaten down by mandates from ‘on high’, developed by persons with no real teaching experience; by stagnant wages and reduced benefits; by increased student-to-teacher ratios; by invasive performance ratings that have nothing to do with teaching; and by grossly limited teaching time in the face of increasing numbers of ‘tests’.
What we need is *not* empty, feel-good awards but serious action to restore what it means, what it used to mean, to be a TEACHER. All this does is further justify unneeded administrative overhead.