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We've Got to Be That Light - A Gift to America's Teachers

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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2011

A heartfelt thank you to teachers across America for their unwavering dedication to the next generation.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
http://ncesse.org

John Boswell
Symphony of Science
http://symphonyofscience.com

Symphony of Science Remix
Keynote Address "Science - It's Not a Book of Knowledge ... It's a Journey"
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference
March 2011, San Francisco, CA

John and I created this video to herald in the new school year. Right now, in this very moment, we wanted to poetically and passionately reaffirm to teachers why they went into teaching, and for the millions of teachers across America, recognize their selfless and noble dedication to lighting the way.

To download the audio track, and continue the journey, with essays and other videos, visit Dr. Jeff's Blog on the Universe http://blogontheuniverse.org/sos

On Twitter: @DoctorJeff (http://twitter.com/doctorjeff)

A special thanks to the National Science Teachers Association for providing the video footage of the March 2011 Keynote Address.

We would also like to thank the following teachers and organizations for thoughtful suggestions and images of joyful learning.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Birmingham North City Learning Centre, England
Fairmount Elementary School, Carol Fraser, photographer
Gemini Observatory
Houston Symphony, Jami Lupold, photographer
Pearl Hall Elementary, Building Cultural Bridges, Jami Lupold, photographer

Kathleen Benditt, Janice Harvey, Louisa Jaggar, James Jordan, Jennifer Kelly, Stefanie Long, Colleen McIntyre, Sandy Montgomery, Gary Patterson, Pat Smith, Pam Whiffen, Cathy Williamson

Teaching is the eternal bond between young and old that is at its heart--joy.
-drjeff

Lyrics—We've Got to be That Light

Every generation must pass on
The wisdom of the previous generations
If we don't keep the next chain connected to the ones that came before it
It's all gone

And who's the glue between those chains?
It's you, it's you

This is a sacred trust
As educators and parents
A sacred trust
We've got to be that light

We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way
We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way

A classroom is a sacred place
It's not a room in a school
It's any place
Any place where a teacher helps a child
Patiently and artfully
In their journey

In this sacred place
We must nurture the gift of a question
In this sacred place
The teacher lights the way

This is a sacred trust
As educators and parents
A sacred trust
We've got to be that light

We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way
We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way

We have to ensure
That testing serves education
We have to ensure
That education does not serve testing

We as a nation now
Are teaching to the test
We as a nation now
Are beating all of the joy out of our classrooms

The book of knowledge is not written in our genes
What's written in our genes is the journey
We should be nurturing that gift of a question
We should help frame that pathway to an answer

The teacher's the guide
It's a student's classroom
It's a student's classroom
They are remarkable explorers

This is a sacred trust
As educators and parents
A sacred trust
We've got to be that light

We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way
We've got to be that light
That shining light that guides the way

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