American teachers have some funny ideas!
To the TEACHERS .
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?"
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, knowing he was referring to her meagre income, then began . . . )
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could .
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honour winner .
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an iPod, 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 . What do you make Mr . CEO?
His jaw dropped, he went silent .
THIS IS WORTH SENDING TO EVERY TEACHER, EVERY CEO, EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW .
Even 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!