Saturday, May 9, 2009


When I got done reading this inspiration piece...I just wanted to shout AMEN!!!

There are just days when you need encouragement and I hope for those of you are teachers and read my blog are encouraged by this...

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

'Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.'

To emphasize 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

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 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

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.'

(Bonnie 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?


What do you make Mr. CEO?'

His jaw dropped, he went silent.


Anonymous said...

A great poem by Taylor Mali!! It's even better to hear him recite it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that inspiration!!!