Posted by: vmbhonde | मार्च 31, 2010

What teachers make


 The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

 One man, a CEO (proud of being a professional), 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, Mary. Be honest. What do you make?’

 Mary, 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 Medal of Honor.

 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

 I make them read, read, read.

 I make them show all their work in maths.  They use their God given brain,
 not the man-made calculator.

 I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know
 in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

 I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

 I make my students stand, to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the National
 Flag, and sing the National Anthem, because we live in this great country.

 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.’
Mary 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 . What do you make Mr. CEO?’

His jaw dropped, he went silent.


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