You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be Honest. What do you make?

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"You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

As a general rule, I'm not one for reading or sharing 'groupie-type' mail, but when I received this from one of my four sibling teachers, I decided I'd better see what it was he's trying to tell me.  Turned out to be nothing personal; simply some very basic but profound truths. I love it! What do you think? 

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're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Teacher 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 winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't 
make them sit for 5 min. without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I 
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

make kids wonder.

make them question.

make them apologize and mean it.

make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

teach them how to write and then I make them write. 
Keyboarding isn't everything.

make them read, read, read.

make them show all their work in math. 
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

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?


What do you 
make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent.

Comments (7)

Kim Frasier
Best View Imaging - Millbury, MA
Showcase Your Listing with its Best View

Love it...every part of it is so true...thank you for sharing :)

Nov 27, 2011 04:56 PM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

If we had children, I would want your brother teaching them. He sounds like my 1st and fourth grade teachers-I still adore them (and consider them in my list of role models).

Jacque & Larry

Nov 27, 2011 05:16 PM
Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent
Way to keep education on the front. With all the cut backs and the lack of motivation for some teacher, I'm glad to hear there are still some solid teachers teaching our youth.
Nov 27, 2011 05:44 PM
Ruby Lee Sweeting
Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas
Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes

To: Kim, Larry & Jacque, and Luis; So nice of you to comment. I'll share your notes with Eric (my brother). Thank you.

Nov 28, 2011 09:37 AM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

Nice article, but I do think teachers, first responders, and police should be paid more, in my opinion. James

Mar 03, 2012 10:48 AM
Ruby Lee Sweeting
Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas
Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes

Thanks James. I agree with you completely. Thanks for commenting.

Mar 03, 2012 11:51 AM
This is Taylor Mali's poem! not Bonnie's
Feb 20, 2014 11:07 AM