The Teacher Should Be Time's Person Of The Year

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Time Magazine named President Barack Obama Person of The Year for 2012. It has upset and angered many Americans. It has overjoyed many Americans also. I personally have no feelings either way on their selection of the Person of The Year for 2012. I do have a suggestion though for the 2013 Person Of The Year.

In 2011, Time Magazine named the protestor as Person of The Year... citing that the protestor changed the world, while fighting for their rights and liberties. And while that's true, they aren't the only goup of people that can change the world.

There is a large forgotten group of people who are hard working, loyal, and dedicated to changing the world... by edcuating our children, helping them see the world, showing them all the options that are out there, helping to shape their futures and inspire them. These people work long hard hours, oftentimes giving up much of their own personal time, and their own money to help our children move foward in this life. They go largely unappreciated, and unrecognized, and are taken for granted more often than not. They don't shout for recognition or praise, they don't demand anything, they don't refuse anyone. They just quietly go about being a teacher, parent, friend, confidant, coach, and protector to our children, all the while going unnoticed by many. The only time we notice the incredible sacrifices they make, on a daily basis, is when they are no longer around to make those sacrifices.

Many kids, of all ages, have good, strong homes and families in our country. But many also do not, and that's usually when their teachers step in. Teachers provide stability, motivation, love, and discpline, no matter if a parent or parent figure is around to provide that or not. Many kids receive a good education, a good foundation, because their teacher makes sure they are eating their food, doing their homework, and staying out of trouble. They are there, regardless if a parents is or not, to help guide their students down a path that will lead them to a bright promising future. And while some of those students fall off that path, many have stayed on that path... and lots of times, the only thing keeping them from falling off that path to a brighter future was their teacher.

My child has been blessed to have had wonderful, involved, and dedicated teachers in her life. And while her dad and I have given her a good home, her teachers have helped us give her an even better life. I have no doubt she wouldn't be where she is today without the help of her teachers.

So, I suggest for Time Magazine's Person of The Year 2013, they recognize the teacher. The quiet, dedicated, hardworking, and oftentimes forgotten soul that has been helping shape and change this world for hundreds of years.

Mariah Smith

Shocked By Chief Robert Simpson's Replacement

After reading the article in today's TFP paper about the replacement of Chief Robert Simpson, I was shocked.  I  have had the privilege of knowing Chief Simpson for 25 years.  He is honest and a hard worker.  Reading the list of improvements made for the police department and the city's benefits from his hard work, I wonder what does the city want? We always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hit Dog Hollers

There is a country expression a fellow might use when he knows there will be a backlash and when it comes, “It’s a hit dog that hollers” the older men will say. Boy, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander didn’t let the sun shine on his hind leg before he wailed as the USDA’s new rules to curb the soring of Tennessee Walkers became public. Crafty ol’ Lamar, of course, said he was against ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Warren Replaces Martinez As Vols Secondary Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  The Tennessee football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren  has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. Willie Martinez  will not be returning after ... (click for more)

McCallie's Robert Riddle Commits to Mercer Univ.

McCallie School all-state quarterback Robert Riddle has committed today to attend Mercer University next season to play football for the Bears. Riddle led the Big Blue to a 7-5 record this past season, including a 42-7 victory against arch rival Baylor. On the season, he threw for   3,008 yards and 25 touchdowns and also ran for six scores. The Lookout Mountain resident ... (click for more)