What happens when National Teacher Appreciation Week meets Star Wars Day?


We’ve all had some sort of mentor who left a major mark on our life. Someone who helped turn us from a learner into a master.

Perhapsit was that teacher who encouraged you to try out for the school playora tutorwho was patient as theytaught you how to codeand gave you room to experiment andexplore.

Maybe it was a backward-talking muppet ina remote swamp world who made you carry him around on your shoulders while you faced your Freudian fears in a mystical cave andtried and failed to levitate a

What? That neverhappened to you?

GIF from “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

Obviously the “Star Wars” saga is full of masters and learners. And now the U.S. Rebel Alliance has found a cool new way to show appreciation for the amazing Yodas in all our lives.

As it turns out, this year’sInternational Star Wars Day (you know, “May the Fourth” be with you)coincidesperfectly with Teacher Appreciation Week.

And our teachers deserve a celebrationthat would make the Ewoks proud.

GIF from “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

Clear your mind of questions, ’cause here’s how it works:

All you have to do is postyour own personal story about an inspirational educator anywhere on social mediawith the hashtag #TeachMeYouDid, and the U.S.Rebel Alliance will collect the stories to share on the #TeachMeYouDid website.

That’s wayeasier than telepathically liftinga sunkenX-wing out of a swamp, am I right?!

GIF from “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

#TeachMeYouDid is about more than just spreading the love. It’s also about paying it forward, in a cash-friendly kind of way.

The best teachers can make miracles out of nothing but they shouldn’t have to. That’s why the U.S.Rebel Alliance is also giving away fivecash prizes of up to $1,000 to the subjects of the top #TeachMeYouDid entries, to ease some of the burden while the teachers continue doing the amazing work they do.

Teachers are totes luminous. GIF from “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

Because in case you haven’t noticed, the situation for many of our teachers isn’t so hot.

We live in a timeof seeminglyendless budget cuts to education, where schools are forced tocutentire daysfrom the calendar just to save money. Some districts mighteven be unable to pay their teachers theirsummerpaychecksbecause of state budget issues, effectively robbingteachers of the money they’re owed for work they already did.

Sorry, kindergarteners. Yer on yer own. GIF from “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”

And that’s exactly why #TeachMeYouDid is so important.

Not just for the delightful “Star Wars” puns,although clearly those are wonderful. But because our society sometimes forgets how mucheducation really matters.

We try to turn the concept of “learning” into some kind quantifiable business metricsmeasured by facts and information, and we ignore what’s really important that we’re teachingpeoplehowto thinkandhow to choose what to think.

Without masters to train the learners in their ways,there won’t be anyone left tolead the next generation.

GIF from “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.”

So what are we waiting for? Let’s show our metaphorical Jedi masters just how much we appreciate their magical training.

You can check out all the awesome entries so far on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, ortheofficial #TeachMeYouDid website.

And in case you need a little inspiration of your own, here’s a powerful video promoting the campaign as well. Although, let’s be honest,there’s a teacher out there who already gave you all the inspiration you could need.

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