Thursday, 7 August 2008

WHAT TEACHERS MAKE


(found this interesting piece while surfing-enjoy!)

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.
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 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, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God.
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.

4 comments:

  1. Hai Rahmah,
    I couldn't find any link to comment on yr PhD thing. So I just typed it down here.

    When you said,
    "..Besides I don't have the motivation to do it part time..".

    My goodness me, you are the only one back then that were most motivated amongst us. We always do anything everything part time back in early 80ies.

    So for the PhD thing, I would say go for it.

    I would be able to call you Dr Rahmah or Dr Bob, wouldn't it be nice.

    Fr Peminat aka HH

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  2. hi hh,
    m trying to figure out who you are but it would be easier if u just tell me!! anyway, as am still learning to manage my blog, that explains the now u see it now u don't link. Sorry. Well, thanks for the motivation. maybe i was back then but am not young anymore dear...besides i have added responsibilities not just school work..are u in education? hehe

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  3. Hi Bab!!
    Not young!! U r 3 yrs younger than me. Which mean to say that, i am bloody (ooopppss ! no swearing) old already.

    Let us keep it this way. Anyway, disclosing my identity would spoil the fun.

    Nope, not anymore. Use to be in education, yes.

    Missed those days when we were throwing snow at each other.
    Ooopss again.

    Fr HH
    ps. Its getting closer.:-)

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  4. hi hh,
    we were 'throwing snow at each other'??? hmmm maybe i know who you are..well, m not going to guess now. the phd link is ok la. try it

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