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{April 2, 2009}   The Teacher

I received this text as part of an email. Hope you like it and feel proud too!

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO of a large company, 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 Honour. 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 ask questions. 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 and sing O Canada every morning, because we live in this great country called Canada. 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?”

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Ryan says:

This is actually a piece by slam poet Taylor Mali. Check out his video on youtube for “What Teachers Make” to really get a feel for his style and inflection, it really makes the story that much better.



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