Righteousness: My word associations with that word are pompous, self-important, and hypocritical. Yet, that word belongs to the Bible. In the Bible, it's a term that is relational. Being righteous means fulfilling relational obligations. So, really self-righteousness is an oxymoron.
The Psalms say that the righteous among us are like the first gleam of dawn. How true!
Those who respect their superiors.
Those who protect their charges.
Those who care about other humans.
If those people don't remind you of a shining new day, I don't know who would.
How does this relate to education? I was just thinking about the many relationships we, teachers, incur. I was just thinking about how amazing the teacher who was truly righteous would be in those situations.