Cinco de Mayo and National Teacher's Day
Two distinctly different reasons to celebrate this day: To commemorate the Mexican Army's successful defense of the city of Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico, against invading French forces in 1862, and to recognize educators in the United States of America. Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico, is recognized in the USA as well, complete with parades, dances and delicious food.
Here in the USA we have a Teachers' Appreciation Week, with the Tuesday of that week being the day to say thank you to our teachers. Relying primarily on the History Channel, I discovered that hundreds of other countries dedicate one day a year to recognizing and honoring their teachers. October looks to be the most popular month for a Teachers' Appreciation Day. There are a few others besides the USA that host it in May:
South Korea - students present carnations to their teachers
Mexico - known as Dia Del Maestro, some areas have special cultural programs to promote the importance of teachers
Jamaica - students and parents bring teachers gifts and many schools are open only half the day
A photo taken between 1925 and 1940, at the Bukit Bintang Girls' School in Malaysia. Seated in the center is their teacher, Miss Prouse
* Mr. S, 4th grade: D-...You earned this grade by being a "meanie" who relished using my homework to illustrate the incorrect way to work math problems.
* Mr. S, 7th grade: C...because you enjoyed a good joke, often at the expense of a student, like when I put too much muscle into pulling down the history map to point out to the class where Venezuela is, and ripped it off the roller.
* Monsieur R, 9th grade: A...because from minute five of day one, French 101, you spoke to your students in French (with an Italian accent) and required us to do the same (without the Italian accent). What better way to verbally learn a language then to have no communication options but to use it? A tad frustrating, but very effective.
* Mr. C, 10th grade: F...because you called me Polyester and Pollywog and every geometric 'Poly' configuration there is: Polynomial, Polygon, Polyhedron, and some that have nothing to do with geometry or mathematical operations, ie, Polydactyl, Polypeptide (had a chemistry teacher in college that liked that one too), and your most favorite, Polyunsaturated. Ha. Ha. Polymath would have been a compliment, but no, you couldn't dole out one of those. It's a wonder I didn't suffer an identity crisis because of you. You...you, Big Bully. There. I feel better now.
* Mrs. G, 10th grade: A...because you were fair, called on everyone equally, introduced me to some marvelous classic literature and encouraged me to continue writing.
*Mademoiselle D, 11th & 12th grade: A-...there's something a little off about hearing French spoken with a strong Louisiana accent, but I liked that I got to read Le Petit Prince and passages of Les Miserables in their original language and that you loved to teach.
* Mr. V, freshman in college: D-...if being prompt to class is a requirement for students, so should it be for teachers. And after having illegal, self-rolled cigarettes for breakfast you should have stayed home instead of coming to class haphazardly attired then taking off your shoes before climbing on top of your desk to give meandering lectures in literature that made you giggle and your students gape.
* Father M, sophmore in college (2nd go at it): A...for being brilliant and fascinating and compelling me to want to know more about our world's history, its people and the languages they speak.
* Father F, junior in college: A-....for being brilliant and fascinating and the author of our abnormal psychology textbook and one of the most peculiar people I've ever met.
* Dr. Mc, junior and senior in college: A+...because you were a master at playing the piano and teaching your students how to play it. Bravo and Encore!
* Dr. M-A, cardiopulmonary tech school: A++...for your no-nonsense, people's-lives-are-dependent-on-you-knowing-your-job, approach, a method that scared off a lot of students. Your years of experience, encouragement and high expectations made the students who stayed in the program want to do better than our best. Exactly what any student should hope to gain from a teacher.
Any teachers you'd like to send a Report Card to?