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    A friend sent this to me today in an email, and I just wanted to share it. What do you think about the role of Teachers?

    What do teachers make?

    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?"

    He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers, "Those who can - do. Those who can't - teach."

    To emphasize his point he said to another guest, "You're a teacher Nancy, be honest. What do you make?"

    Nancy, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You really want to know what I make?"

    With heads nodding agreement, Nancy 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 Medal of Honor."

    "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, a Game Cube or a DVD movie rental."

    "You want to know what I make?", Nancy asked as 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 to write and then I make them write, because Keyboarding isn't everything."

    "I make them read, read, and read some more."

    "I make them show all their work in math while using 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 them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life in whatever way they choose to define success."

    Nancy 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 really want to know what I make?"


    "What do you make Mr. CEO?", Nancy asked.

    The CEO's jaw dropped, and he went silent.

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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