Just about everybody has a story about a teacher who helped them make a breakthrough over something that had been holding them back, or who recruited them for an important duty and encouraged them to be their best self — a teacher who changed the course of their life, basically.
We ask a lot of teachers. They're the people who we trust with the safety of our kids while we're at work, and who guide them not only through how to communicate, add, multiply, divide, and think, but how to be good people. Many stay long after the bell, too, coaching sports teams or directing and producing plays or putting together concerts.
Just how much we ask of teachers has become apparent during the pandemic, and it has one lawmaker in Texas thinking that they've earned a big pay raise.