Teaching is a noble profession, yet teachers are often at the receiving end of some people’s condescending comments.
This story tells of an encounter between a proud teacher and an arrogant CEO.
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The teacher and the CEO were having a night out together with their friends when the CEO made a demeaning comment about the teaching profession.
“What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?” the CEO asked.
DEMEANING STATEMENT ABOUT TEACHERS
He then went on to remind his friends about what they say about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”
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Then he directed his attention to the teacher at the table; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”
Bonnie, unfazed by the CEO’s questioning, 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 five minutes without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental.”
She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table, and continued, “You want to know what I make?”
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“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.”
TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT THEIR HERITAGE
She paused again and then continued: “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."
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"I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, one nation under God because we live in the United States of America. I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.”
Pausing one last time, Bonnie 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.”
She then asked, “What do you make, Mr. CEO?”
Embarrassed, the CEO could not say a word.