Being a teacher is one of the most selfless careers a person can choose. Deciding to dedicate your life to molding minds and educating the future leaders of the world is a lot to take on.
While it is rewarding to watch your students learn, grow, and accomplish incredible things–it’s also a struggle to provide for your students when funding is so low and many teachers make just enough to make ends meet. How can teachers provide supplies and assets to foster a positive learning environment with no help? It seems impossible. One teacher from The Forsyth County, Georgia showed the world that the education system here in America is just downright f**ked up.
Tammy Waddell had one wish for her funeral ceremony after her diagnosis of cancer–she didn’t want flowers. Instead of flowers, she asked people to send backpacks full of school supplies instead. According to WXIA, 100 teachers who worked with Waddell throughout the years served as “special pallbearers,” and were told to give the backpacks to students in need. Waddell’s cousin, Dr. Brad Johnson, shared the story on his Twitter account and it went viral.
Waddell was not the only teacher who wanted to bring forth change in the education system across the United States. In 2018 alone, teachers in West Virginia sparked a fire after they began striking with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. From there, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Colorado, and Georgia followed in their footsteps, protesting underfunding and inadequate pay.
Additionally, Trump’s tax plan proposal attempted to cut the tax deductions to teachers who purchased supplies and things for their classroom out of pocket. However, the House and Senate compromised and added a $250 tax deduction for teachers who purchase supplies for their classroom. However, almost every teacher knows that supplies cost far more than $250. Many educators and administration took the low deduction rate as a slap in the face–proving that the House gives no f**ks about their profession.
While there are educators all across the country who are outraged by the way they are treated, there are those teachers like Waddell who give us a little more faith that a little bit can go a very long way. Many people on Twitter were moved and touched by her final request.