Lipinski Kicks Off School Year with Remarks at Program for New Teachers and Administrators

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) delivered the following remarks this morning at the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 52nd Annual New Teachers and Administrators Welcome Breakfast in La Grange:

“I remember from my days as a teacher how exciting the beginning of a new school year is.  This is especially true when starting at a new school.  All the enthusiasm with having a clean slate and terrific plans for what I was going to be able to teach and inspire my students to learn that year.  It’s an exhilarating feeling.  Remember these days and try to hold on to these hopes and dreams for your students throughout the year, especially on those tough days.  

“Teaching well is one of the most difficult things to do, but that’s because it is also one of the most important vocations.  The ability you have to influence young people is incredible.  It is not just reading, writing, arithmetic, and every other subject students need to learn these days.  During these times in our nation filled with anxiety, especially after we witnessed a horrible display of bigotry and hatred by white supremacists and neo-Nazis leading to violence and murder in Charlottesville, Virginia, we are once again reminded how important it is to teach our children the importance of respecting every person and not falling into hate.  

“We need to make clear that these vile beliefs and all other forms of hatred towards individuals or groups should be condemned and are never legitimate.  The home is the primary place for children to learn this, in addition to churches, mosques, synagogues, and other places of worship, but as teachers you have a tremendous influence on young people by what you teach in words and actions.  I know that you will do a great job of this because the fact that you have dedicated yourself to teaching shows how much you care about every child and every person.  I thank you for this. 

“We never thank teachers enough or give them everything that they deserve for what they do for us.  Today I want to thank you for what you do for our communities and our nation by being teachers.  I will always work to do all I can to give you the support that you need.  Have a great school year!”

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