November 24th is Teacher’s Day in Turkey. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a champion for education. He decided that when the Turkish republic was founded, the Latin alphabet should be used instead of Arabic. On November 24, 1928, National Schools were formed to educate the people, and Atatürk became known as the head of those schools. Here are a few quotes which show Atatürk’s feelings about teachers and education:
- “A good teacher is like a candle–it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
- “Teachers are the one and only people who save nations.”
- “Teachers: The new generation will be your devotion.”
Check out the Turkish home page of Google as it celebrates teachers.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries; in the United States, the first full week in May is called Teacher Appreciation Week and Teachers’ Day is the Tuesday of that week.
So Happy Teachers’ Day to all of my colleagues here in country and elsewhere. I feel like every one of my days is Teacher Day as I am constantly learning and growing as a professional to educate the next generation.