The United Nations and Education International honor the world’s teachers on Oct. 5, the Associated Press reports. “On this day we pay homage to teachers’ vital contribution to the intellectual, social and economic development of societies” according to Education International General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen. The theme of the 2011 World Teachers’ Day is Teachers for Gender Equality. “Despite the teaching profession being made up largely of women, inequality remains an issue…

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