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I got this via mail today and I wanted to share it with you. A bit long, but worth reading. Enjoy and be proud!!!


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO of a large company, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What īs 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 īt, teach." To stress his point he said to another guest; "You īre 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 a Medal of Honour. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can īt 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.)
ī īI make kids wonder. I make them ask questions. 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 īt 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 in English while preserving their unique cultural identity. I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand and sing O Canada every morning, because we live in this great country called Canada. 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 īt 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?"

1 Apr 2009      



1 Apr 2009     


Thanks Flaviat!!!
If only students knew what big efforts and good intentions their teahers were after, they would believe in who we are.
It touched me, and made me thank God for being that teacher that works day and night just to  make a DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hugs and kisses to all the teachers here,
A Proud teacher

1 Apr 2009     


I make a difference
I make the change
I make you Mr.CEO
thx u 2 much
i īm proud of being a teacher
love it 

1 Apr 2009     

Snow- white

I īm proud to say I make a difference  īcouse I īm a TEACHER!

1 Apr 2009     

Olindalima ( F )

It īs time every Mr CEO begin to say " Thank you, dear teacher ".
Thank you Flaviatl.

1 Apr 2009     


thanks for this encouraging piece flaviat!!!!

1 Apr 2009     

United States

LOVE it.  Made my day.


1 Apr 2009     

United States

Thank you.  I just finished classes, and you reminded me that its worth it, god bless you.

1 Apr 2009     


Yes, but you still haven īt said what Bonnie makes.....LOL

1 Apr 2009     

United States

If it hadn īt been for a teacher, that CEO wouldn īt be a CEO.... people have to get a grip on reality!

1 Apr 2009     

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