Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Teacher, A Star*

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"
He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do...Those who can't, teach."
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"
Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make?

(She paused for a second, then began...)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to know what I make?"

(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)

I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't everything.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life."

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant.... You want to know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. So, what do you make Mr. CEO?"

His jaw dropped. He went silent.

*you may not see the stars by day but they are always there above you. you may not see your teachers years after but they are there and love you. always thinkin of you, always carin for you. be a teacher, be a star.


Dee said...

that's really moving. and I am insiperd to tell my teachers thanks for when they were my teachers. they really build in us everything that we can accomplish ever in our livews.

w said...

well said

and its a pity that we dont have more teachers like that in our system

yingerman said...

Teachers are the most underpaid professional there is.
These people mold educate influence my kids.
I always feel guilty bargaining on the tuition fees.

Fajita said...

cuz I like
that's why

the sabra said...

yingerman (and alright, you too fajit)-- it makes me feel good that ur readin 'old' posts. ah do appreciate it. so that was first of all. last of all, ye, it IS a good piece. spayshilly cuz im a morah myself ;).

w and dee, ya, same, thanks for commentin... (do i know you dee?)