This week on Being Latino on Facebook: Honoring Piri Thomas, the connection between Brazil and Florida, a marriage equality history lesson, a failing pursuit of excellence, and teacher appreciation.

Brazil, a country that has pulled its economy up by its proverbial bootstraps is now extending its positive reach, all the way to Florida’s economy.

Marriage equality --now a fight for gay couples everywhere that’s in the forefront of U.S. politics—is not a new fight. In 1967 Virginia, interracial marriage was illegal. That is until June 12 when the United States Supreme Court handed down their decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which hereby declared Virginia’s “anti-miscegenation” law unconstitutional.

While ‘equal rights’ is not really the American way, talk of being the best of the best is. But the pursuit of individual excellence—our competitive spirit— doesn’t come without cost. While we think in terms of individualism, other countries have either closed the gap or are ahead of us in many respects, especially education.

It’s true that this country’s educational system is in crisis, and there are many people responsible. Some of them even the ones who stand in front of our children’s classroom each day, though they are unqualified and/or lack motivation. But they don’t represent the whole. There are teachers who not only strive for excellence, but also give more of themselves than is required. For their personal sacrifices, we should all be grateful. Thank a teacher today! 

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