WHAT TEACHERS MAKE!
T HE DINNER GUESTS WERE SITTING AROUND THE TABLE DISCUSSING WORLD EVENTS. ONE MAN, A CEO, DECIDED TO EXPLAIN THE PROBLEM WITH EDUCATION. HE ARGUED, “WHAT’S A KID GOING TO LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHOSE 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 BONNIE. YOU’RE A TEACHER , RIGHT? BE HONEST. WHAT DO YOU MAKE?”
Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied promptly;
“You really want to know what I make? (She paused for a second.)
“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 rminutes of class time when their own parents can’t make them sit for 5 minutes without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie
You want to know what I make?” (She paused again and looked at every person at the table.)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them m have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
I make them read, -- read,--- read.
I make them show all their work in math.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural history.
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 United States because we llve in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they have been 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, 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!”
“John Hoagenson” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
© Church of the Science of GOD, 1993