Yet, our teachers are considering going on strike because of several concerns in their ranks.
Kentucky may say "Education pays," yet it sure doesn't want to compensate its teachers.
These are the individuals entrusted with educating our youth and preparing them for a future of leading this state. And teachers are still amongst the lowest paid professionals.
How can we consider ourselves an advanced society when we pay lawyers, politicians and actors more in an hour than we pay the educators of our youth in a day.
Although teaching is one of the most honorable professions today, we can't expect any young person to choose a job where the pay borders on the poverty level with little health benefits and no support from government agencies.
Then we have our governor saying things like, "teachers who are supposed to be teaching our students should not be striking."
Yes, Doctor Fletcher those teachers shouldn't be striking. They shouldn't be striking because they shouldn't have to in the first place. They should already be provided more than adequate coverage with a more than adequate pay.
Then there's the issue of what we want our children to take from this fiasco.
The government says teachers shouldn't strike and it's showing the children a bad example.
So, we want our kids to learn the little guys should never stand up and fight for what they believe, especially when a large beuracracy says it's not the way to go.
It's hard to find a profession that touches so many, yet receives so little in support.
But there is one such profession - teacher.
We all remember our favorite teacher or teachers and now it's time for us to support them and their efforts.
Many know the maxim concerning those who teach, but here's one of my own:
"Those who can, do for themselves; and those who teach, do for many others."
- Bobby R. Maggard III, Hazard Herald News Editor