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What do teachers make?

This was something that was passed on to me by a friend, who is an educator as well, and thought  it was worth sharing!

What Do Teachers Make?

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, 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 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 actions. 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 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? I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make Mr. CEO?”

His jaw dropped, he went silent.

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4 thoughts on “What do teachers make?

  1. Both the video and your post have a have a very valid point. I enjoyed reading it. It’s very true though, teachers do get shoved under the mat a lot. People often think you go to school, teach the kids anything you want, go home and start all over. Most don’t realize the importance teachers have on students and that we as teachers are the ones who shape the students into who they will become.

  2. I completely agree that most don’t realize the importance of teachers as Karmen stated. I am so tired of hearing that phrase “those who can’t, teach”, does it really take a genius to realize that behind every doctor, lawyer, brain surgeon, or any other occupation under the sun, there is a teacher. The real phrase should be “those who teach, do”.

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