STORY TO BROOD UPON : Be honest. What do you make?
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The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "As a CEO I earn millions of Dollars to our country through my company.What's that a TEACHER's contribution ?"
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Radhika . Be honest. What do you make?"
Teacher Radhika, 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 kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 minutes 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 how 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 them play in playgrounds to get healthy body and happy mind , I make my students from rural background to learn everything they need to know about 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.
( Radhika 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 IN ALL YOUR LIVES, EDUCATING KIDS AND PREPARING THEM TO BECOME Scientists ,CEO's, AND DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS..........
What do YOU make Mr. CEO?"