In addition to educating America's youth, teachers often "are in the business of rescue and redemption," the president of the National Education Assn. said.
NEA President Bob Chase, in a keynote address to the teachers' union convention, said America's public schools "are filled with adults who rescue children and save the world in little ways every single day--often in the face of incredible odds."
He noted the case of David Bocchichio of East Hartford, Conn., who donated a kidney to the single-parent mother of three of his former students. "As a single parent himself--and a teacher--he didn't want three children to lose their mother."