Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who is a Teacher?

How many of us even think about the teachers who influenced us in life? I do have a couple of them I really respect and look up to. Those teachers who not only taught me subjects but a lot of other values in life. And its so sad that in  today's money-making world the dearth of good teachers is so obvious :-(

Got this mail from my Dad:

From A School Principal's speech at a graduation..

He said "Doctor wants his child to become a doctor.........
Engineer wants his child to become engineer......
Businessman wants his ward to become CEO.....
BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of them..!!!!
Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE" ....Very sad but that's the truth.....!!!

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?"

To stress his point he said to another guest;
"You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Teacher 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 the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't
make them sit for 5 min. 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 how 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 about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

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?


What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent.

Amen! to that

(Image courtesy:Google images)


  1. And this goes right into my mom's email...thanks for this wonderful write up...my mom sure is ALL fo them and more and thank you for making me feel proud of being a daughter of a teacher! Hugs

    PS - I love this new colour format..can I be really rude and say that the previous one was a bit bright for my standards...sorry!

  2. @RM - I loved this post too...

    And guess what - I didnt like the previous color combination either - Iwas experimenting last time and it was quite jarring - i agree! But unfortunately I wasnt able to change it here at work. Figured out I had to enable something in blogger to get the option and did it today :-) Am happy now...

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. Beautifully written and says all there is to say.

  4. Superb post :)
    So true yet a fact we often fail to acknowledge in our day to day lives.

  5. Wonderful, WONDERFUL post!!
    LOVED it.

  6. lovely post...an ode to all teachers on guru purnima!