Those of us who know Shanna Peeples are still a bit awestruck by the recognition that has come her way.
She teaches English at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo and has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year for 2015. A new adventure awaits her as she prepares to carry the torch for public educators across the nation.
A comment came the other day from Jon Mark Beilue, a columnist at the Amarillo Globe-News — where Peeples worked before answering her calling as a teacher — that rings so very true.
Beilue noted, while praising the work of good and great teacher everywhere, how some of the sharpest criticism of public education comes from politicians who have voted to cut money from public school systems.
Peeples, in accepting her crystal apple from the president at the White House this week, thanked him for his unwavering support of public education.
But every so often, we hear politician here at home decry public education, saying things about the quality of education our students are getting even a they cast vote to slash money aimed at improving schools.
How can they say these things with a straight face?
Oh, I almost forgot: Politicians say a lot of things without understanding or comprehending the irony of their statements and actions.
It’s good to remember what a politician — a state legislator, for example — does for the record while railing about the shortcomings of a valuable beneficiary of state government.
While we’re at it, we ought to hold those politician to account for their actions.