The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One of them, a CEO (chief executive officcer), decided to explain theproblem with education. He argued: What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option inlife was to become a teacher? 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, than began...) Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can'tmake them sit for 5 minutes without an iPod 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 something worthwhile. Keyboarding isn't everything. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math. They use their brain, not theman-made calculator. I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to knowabout 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 bornwith, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life. You want to know what I make? I make a difference! (Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.) Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, not knowing that moneyisn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention to thembecause they are ignorant. And now… What do you make, Mr. CEO? The CEO's jaw dropped, and he went silent… This is worth sending to every teacher, every CEO, executive and everyperson you know. Even to all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, coaches and your spiritual leaders/teachers. A truly profound answer!!! Teaching is… the profession that makes all other professions possible!
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