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 a 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
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 and sing God Bless America every morning, because we live in this
great country called US of A.
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.