Teachers are, very often, quite influential in our growth. Too many people forget that. Just for some evidence – ask yourself what your first grade teacher’s name was. I’m confident that 99% of us will remember.
In the news of late, as we all know, the names of lots of CEOs have scrolled by. There are certainly many good and responsible CEOs, but there are many that are bad. And while the media of late has joined in the national “ha rumpf” about CEO bonuses and salaries, that same media has also built them up as role models.
Here’s another idea… and some inspiration… after the fold.
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, 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 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 five minutes without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental.” She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table, and continued, “You want to know what I make?”
“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.”