Today is World Teachers' Day
October 5th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Today is World Teachers' Day

By Donna Krache, CNN

(CNN) - October 5 is World Teachers' Day.  Organized by UNESCO in 1994, the day aims to mobilize support for teachers around the world.

In the U.S. alone, there were about 3.7 million teachers working in elementary and secondary schools in 2011.

In a prepared statement, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that World Teachers' Day "gives us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of teachers across the globe."

"In meeting with thousands of teachers, I am continually inspired by their vision and enthusiasm for what we can do to make the world’s most important profession also its most respected one. Education is essential to eliminating gender inequality, reducing poverty, creating a sustainable planet and fostering peace. In the knowledge economy, education is the new currency by which nations maintain economic competitiveness and global prosperity. On World Teachers’ Day we recognize that our great teachers make these goals possible," said Duncan.

Students can send e-cards to their teachers by visiting the UNESCO World Teachers' Day site.

How have teachers contributed to who you are and how you see the world? Share in the comments!

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  1. Diana

    I just wanted to say thank you to all of the wonderful teachers in the world. Your efforts are appreciated!

    October 8, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  2. Bryan Bechtol

    This is perfect timing for the Radius Ruler! We are trying to get all school systems throughout our county to teach and learn the same way or as close as possible. as close as possible/ Now a mathematic learning tool has been invented, that will help us to achieve our goals. This will help students understand the concept of radii a lot easier. I am asking all 4th grade teachers and up, go to the facebook page “Radius Ruler“ and print out, laminate and make your own Radius Ruler. Instructions are with the picture “Build Your Own”, and there is a how to video on the page. Teachers can make it a grate project or even build a whole course around it. It’s FREE to all teachers and students. There is even a video on how to use the ruler on the page.
    All grade schools teach students how to measure length and angles, but they do not even start on circles or curves until much later. If we introduce symbols and letters to students in math at an earlier age, we can build their confidents to go further in math and science. Building their own Radius Ruler would help them with their critical thinking skills while they will learn more about radii.
    Please check it out on facebook, give it a like and some feedback would be appreciated. After you print out, laminate with boxing tape, (because it’s cheaper and works well) then start using it yourself. I’m not sure anyone realizes the historical significance of the Radius Ruler. I am not the inventor, but I did tell the late Stanley J. Waltz Jr. that I would help him with his legacy if anything ever happened to him. I’m sorry for any mistakes on spelling or grammar, I just want teacher to know there is a new teaching tool for math, and they now can use it for free.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  3. Erik

    Why don't comments go through?

    October 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Erik

      Salute to Teachers Video:

      October 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  4. Dr_Jones

    You would think that something like the World Teachers' Day would get a little more attention. I have to admit so far I am very disappointment on how much coverage this day has gotten. We talk a lot about how much we appreciate teacher but we actions speak louder than words and this hidden article is a great example of how we feel about our teachers. Can we at least get it as one of your top 10 stories of the day? I’m sure that people won't mind having featured stories like "NYC demands Ken Burns footage" and "Einstein letter:..." getting pushed back a day. Or maybe its actually my mistake in thinking that CNN was a respectable NEWS network and only reported on important topics and issues. I guess this is a perfect example why i have slowly stopped visiting the CNN website and watching the CNN network; lack of substance. Thank you for proving me right in my decision.

    October 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |