Education is the gift that keeps giving. It may be cliche but it's so true; an education can never be taken from you.
Each year in America an event grows greater in stature since it began back in the year 1967. The country is engrossed with it every January. Billions of dollars are spent commercializing, preparing and planning for the one day spectacle. Worthless bits of news about the event become headline stories in the weeks leading up to it. The nation is consumed by it.
Is this celebration the crowning of the national spelling bee champion? Is it the honoring of the teacher of the year? No -- it's paying homage to professional football players that win a game known as the Super Bowl.
"You've just won the Super Bowl what are you going to do next?"
I'm not an anti-Super Bowl enthusiast, quite the opposite. What I'd like to see, given the magnitude of the stage the Super Bowl offers, is a tribute to what really is vital to the quality of American life: education. Every athlete thats reached the Super Bowl has an inspirational person in their life thats assisted them to attain this pinnacle point in their athletic career. Celebrate that. Honor them. Mention a teacher or a high performing student; commercialize these succeses, donate some dollars towards their efforts and accomplishments.
There's no greater trophy for a teacher than a thank you for the hard work, dedication and individualized care they provided. Each and every student that enters their classroom daily has a special place in a teachers' heart. Perhaps the day will come when the Game MVP responds to the question "You've just won the Super Bowl what are you going to do next?" and the response is "Thank my teacher then send a special student and their family to Disney World."