American Education Week starts today

Sonia Norton works with a student during sixth hour today. This week is American Education Week. (Logan Sanders)

This week schools across the Untied States are celebrating American Education Week, and Duncan Middle School is no exception.

American Education Week is a week to celebrate public education and to honor teachers who make sure that as many students as possible can receive a quality education.

This year, the week runs from today through Friday, and it honors everyone who works in a school, from the principals to teacher to custodians to bus drivers.

“American Education Week is important because it brings attention to schools and the teachers’ importance in students’ lives,” Sonia Norton, Association of Duncan Educators president, said.

American Education Week originated in 1921, in Des Moines, Iowa, because people were distressed about many of the younger World War I draftees being illiterate. The National Education Association, which ADE is part of, and the American Legion met to discuss the issue and decided a week should be set aside to highlight education.

American Education week is a week to celebrate public education across the country.It is also a week to honor teachers who make sure that as many students as possible can receive a quality education. This year it takes place November 16-20, or the week before Thanksgiving Break. It honors everyone who works in the school, from principals to teachers to janitors to bus drivers, everyone is honored on the week.

It originated in 1921 at Des Moines, Iowa because the people there were distressed about many of the younger World War one draftees being  illiterate. The National Education Association and the American Legion met to discuss this issue. They decided that a week would be set aside to highlight education. Today, some teachers felt an importance to the week.

“It is important to highlight teachers to show others the dedication and value teachers have for their students their loyalty to their schools,” Norton said. “Teachers not only teach, they care for their students academic learning, social attributes and emotional well-being.”

Norton teaches special education at Duncan Middle School

There is a theme for every day of the week.

Monday is a kickoff day to start the week. Tuesday is Family Day where parents can come into the classroom to see what their kid’s class looks like. Wednesday is Education Support Professionals Day, where people honor support professionals. Thursday is Educator For A Day, where community leaders are invited to come in to learn about teaching. Friday is Substitute Educators Day, where people show support for substitute teachers.