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?"
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You were a
Jim. Be honest. What did you make?"
Jim, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness
"You want to know what I make? (He paused for a second, then
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they
I make a C+ student feel like the Congressional Medal of
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?"
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
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
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
need to know about English while preserving their unique
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand, placing their hand over their
heart to say
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God,
we live in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can
succeed in life.
Jim paused 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
no attention because they are ignorant....
You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What do you make Mr. CEO?"