While at a dinner party, a wealthy CEO started belittling a woman after she introduced herself as a teacher, but her response was an absolute eye-opener for not just him, but for everyone who was around or anyone who got to hear of the story.
With a lot of pride and arrogance, the CEO exclaimed, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to be a teacher?”
“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach,” the CEO added before turning to a guest and asking, “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”
Bonnie, who was well known for her honesty replied, “You want to know what I make?” She asked before saying, “Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 without an iPod, Game Cube, or movie rental. 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.
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 my students from other countries 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.
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?”
The CEO was left dumbstruck by her response!
This story serves as a vivid reminder to teach our children to know the value of things rather than the price.