The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.
He argued: "What can a kid learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminded the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers, which is "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."
To get affirmation, he said to another guest: "You're a teacher, Susan," he said. "Be honest. What do you make?"
Susan, who has a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, "You want to know what I make?"
"I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like the Medal of Honor when the student has tried his hardest, and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the student did not do his best."
"I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of self study in absolute silence."
"I can make parents beam with pride when I call home."
"You want to know what I make?"
"I make kids wonder."
"I make them question."
"I make them criticize."
"I make them apologize and mean it."
"I make them write."
"I make them read, read, read."
"I make them spell "catastrophe & acknowledgement" over and over again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again."
"I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on their final drafts in English."
"I elevate them to experience music and art and joy in the performance, so their lives are rich, full of kindness and culture, and they take pride in themselves and their accomplishments."
"I make them understand that if you have the brains, then follow your heart...and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention.
"You want to know what I make? I make a difference. What do you make?"
Source: Forwarded by Fellow Educator (31 August 2010)