Teenage Compassion – What Goes Around Comes Around

What a beautiful and touching story of giving.




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This May Actually Be The Oldest Profession


All schools are now back in session. How about a shout-out to our valuable Educators worldwide who give themselves away everyday at work.



original graphic: Thoughts For Teachers

Teachers vs. Babysitters


Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world. Whether you have children in school now or you’re a grown-up who wants to send a thank-you gift to an influential teacher from your past, this short inspirational video is a great way to share a message of gratitude with, and for, educators.


A Teacher’s Letter

A teacher’s letter to the fallen teachers of Sandy Hook

To my fallen colleagues,

I heard your stories today on the radio, on my way to school. I heard what you did to protect your students. I learned about your last act of bravery, of love, of kindness. The profound impact of your actions stays with me today, and will always.

As I walk around my school, I see my fellow teachers with new eyes. See, I always knew they lived and taught with love, kindness, compassion, and knowledge. But as I looked at them today, I saw you.


I saw what you did in all of them.

The quiet bravery. The willingness to stand up for children, be it in meetings, conversations, reports or calling out for support. It is in each of them. Then to your extreme last act of love, of selflessness. I see this too, deep behind their eyes. I know they would do the same thing. My colleagues, they would act as you did.

You showed America the heart and soul of teachers. This undervalued, underpaid, often criticized much maligned profession called teaching.

As more and more people tell us we aren’t good enough, we aren’t doing enough, our educational system is failing, I see my colleagues working through lunch breaks. Researching into the night. Calling parents, meeting with students, and trying everything they can do to make their students successful, happy and engaged.

I see teachers working tirelessly each day to not only teach math, literacy, writing, grammar, spelling, science and social studies but also kindness, empathy, bravery, civic engagement and perspective taking.

They work against a sea of bad press, violent media, corporations looking to market childhood, and crumbling family responsibilities.

I feel the loss of you in our army for good. In our army for children. But we will march on in your absence. We will see each other with new eyes. Maybe people will see us differently now too. Maybe they will treat us with the respect of someone who can save lives. Or die trying.

And I hope this will change the world. More humanity for teachers and for children. More childhood in childhood. More love, kindness, empathy, knowledge, compassion, and acts of true bravery.


Maybe now our politicians will have the courage to act in ways that will keep more children safe. If they use half of the bravery you showed on December 14, 2012, they should be just fine.

We will miss you and your daily work with children. Thousands of us will carry you in our hearts each day, especially when we act bravely to stand up for kids, to demand help, and to force change when the bureaucracy seems to not budge.

It is in your honor that we do so.

Katy Farber

Katy Farber is an elementary school teacher, parent, blogger, and author of
Why Great Teachers Quit” and other books and articles.
For more, visit her blog, Non-Toxic Kids.


This Article Was Originally Published on Dec. 19, 2012 on FoxNews.com



In times of immense and senseless tragedy we are appalled at what mankind is capable of doing to others. We feel vulnerable, sad, angry, helpless. We can offer our condolences, prayers, and assistance, but we cannot eliminate the pain. This we must all endure.

For the future, however, we can re-commit ourselves to kindness, tolerance, and compassion towards all, so that atrocities which lie ahead of us might hopefully be fewer and less painful. We can take a more active role in looking out for one another, in supporting and helping one another. We can know that regardless of future events, we at least made a genuine effort to foster harmony, wellness, and tranquility in our world.


May the innocent children and the courageous educators of Sandy Hook school who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 rest in peace. May their families, friends, co-workers, fellow students, and the community of Newtown eventually find peace, healing, and acceptance.

Paul Mark Sutherland