What Does it Take?

Thursday, July 9

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 stress his point he said to another guest: “You’re a teacher, Susan. Be honest. What do you make?” Susan, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “ You want to know what I make? I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence. 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 show all their work in math and perfect their final drafts in English. I make them understand that if you have the brains, and follow your heart, and if someone ever tries to judge you by what make, you must pay no attention because they just didn’t learn.” Susan paused and then continued. “You know what I make? I make a difference.. What do you make?”
[Contributed by our good friend, Jan Gallop, whose Principal shared it with their teaching staff.]

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2 Responses to What Does it Take?

  1. Galilee Weldon says:

    Wow! I had two teachers in my life a Mr and Mrs Dave Lotz who made just such a difference in my life. I thank the Lord for men and women who are the mighty among us. I know you did not post this for persona praise but I have s deep love for the part you made in my life. Thank you. There is no price that can cover the value of a teacher like that described here.

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