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Priorities and Respect?

This is a story about a teacher who tells others what she makes.

Priorities and Respect?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table
discussing life.

One man, a very successful person, 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

"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 I Pod, Game Cube or movie

You want to know what I make?" (She paused again a nd 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 about English while preserving their unique cultural

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel

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.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were
given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in

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?"

His jaw dropped.  He went silent.



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