Cinco de Mayo / National Teachers Day

Cinco de Mayo

May 5

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo began as a celebration to commemorate freedom and democracy, Mexican heritage and pride. It began in the American West, by Mexican-American communities during the American Civil War. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is called ‘El Día de la Batalla de Puebla’, which means The Day of the Battle of Puebla. The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles, California. It’s called ‘Fiesta Broadway’, and began in 1990. Approximately 600,000 people attend the celebration.

National Teachers Day

May 5 (always 1st Tuesday of May)

The history of teaching can be traced to Confucious (561 B.C.), who was the first famous private teacher. Many ancient Greeks hired private teachers to educate their children. In the Middle Ages, learning institutions such as Cambridge University were founded and teacher training became required. There are 132,853 K-12 schools in the U.S. (2015-16) and  there are 3.2 million full-time-equivalent teachers with 76.6 percent of teachers are female, while 23.4 percent are male.

On average, teachers spend $500 of their own money on classroom supplies each year, work more than 400 overtime hours every year and about 30% have second jobs.  More than 8% of people say teachers played an important role in their lives,

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Adele – Singer – born in London, England

Tammy Wynette – Singer – born in Tremont, Mississippi


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