Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What do Teachers Make

Google's front face today. Google says Happy Teacher's Day

Happy Teacher's Day everyone. I'd like to share this with all the great teachers out there:
(This has been circulating for sometime but it surely is still a good read)

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 emphasize his point he said to another guest;

‘You’re a teacher, Ned. Be honest. What do you make?’

Ned, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,

‘You want to know what I make?
(He 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 iPod Touch, Game Cube or movie rental.

‘You want to know what I make?’ (he 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, 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.’

(He paused one last time, 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.


tehr said...

Selamat Hari Guru untuk semua

Armstrong said...

Wow. The teacher's speech was just... well, it sure made the guests speechless. I know I would be :)

Happy Tuesday, Mr Floyd!

Dora said...

I know that speech! :D been my Favourite ever since hearing it!

beaty said...

Floyd...some ppl think teacher profession is so EASY but actually teacher plays IMPORTANT role to educate the student..not to become an engineer, doctor but to be a useful person to him/herself

de engineur said...

Without teachers, where will we be today?