A profound answer

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

so timely in light of the cuts states are making to education:

A Profound Answer

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, then began…)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of cl-ass 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.  What do you make Mr.  CEO?

His jaw dropped, he went  silent.