Benson column: American Education Week
Around 1920 representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met to develop joint support for the purpose of seeking ways to generate public support for education.
Effectively, the conventions of both organizations adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education.
The first observance of American Education Week occurred in 1921, and now is always celebrated between Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving.
As a result, Nov. 12-16, 2018 we celebrate American Education Week as an opportunity to recognize the importance that public education plays in our country. It is also a time to express our recognition and respect for those who make education their life's calling.
Additionally, I find it interesting that this week was partially founded by the American Legion, and that this week is always immediately following Veterans Day.
How fitting—that the American Legion has long held a strong interest in education. Those same veterans who have protected our American ideals of freedom, democracy, liberty and equality, are the same organization that recognizes the need for and value of education.
American Education Week is a great time to recognize and appreciate the benefits of public education and perhaps, it's yet another reminder of one of the greatest American human rights that our veterans have preserved - an educated citizenry.
Thank you to all veterans for your selfless and devoted service in preserving our national freedoms.
Thank you educators for your service and commitment to improving the future ambitions and abilities of our students. Your role in teaching, guiding, mentoring and coaching our youth helps them leverage their freedoms with their aspirations in life.
November is a special month that includes Veterans Day, American Education Week and Thanksgiving. Let's all give thanks to our educators and veterans, not only this month, but throughout each year.
God blessed America!