American Education Week is November 15-19, 2021
I have happily celebrated American Education Week throughout my 41 years as a public schools educator. However, it was only recently that I learned the origin of this important week. It began as a conversation between the American Legion and representatives of the National Education Association as they grappled with the fact that 25 percent of those drafted to serve our country in World War I were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit. These two groups began meeting in 1919 to consider ways to generate more support for public education. Both organizations adopted resolutions to support a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The first observance of American Education Week occurred in 1921.
Many other organizations have subsequently joined as co-sponsors of American Education Week, including the U.S. Department of Education, the National PTA, the National School Board Association and most professional educational associations. Their involvement and support demonstrate the recognition of the vital role education plays in our country. And I believe that is why we have celebrated American Education Week for 100 years!!
During the week of November 15-19, 2021, I encourage everyone to take an opportunity to reflect on the impact of public education in our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day and to share appreciation for their efforts.
Frederick County Public Schools is indeed fortunate to have so many dedicated individuals working in our school system. Every employee plays a part in supporting our students, and therefore, this celebration is about the entire FCPS team!
Our public schools not only provide quality instruction to ensure academic achievement; education also impacts our physical, mental, social, and emotional growth as well. The vital role our schools play is just as evident today as it was in 1921.