Saturday, November 9, 2013

A real speech to read and remember, and this on Veterans' Day

To all America's heroes, male and female! Happy Veterans' Day
This was sent to me and I want to share it. Teachers in every country except ours are treated as the professionals they are. They are respected, honored and cherished while where in the US idiot congressmen try to gain votes by slamming teachers and blaming them for everything when we all know it is the home, the parenting, the effect of society and its media and games and lack of teaching respect and responsibility . I am posting this because I cried as I read it. What is the matter you administrators, you legislators? What have you forgotten?
We see many homeless veterans, we see veterans who, when they return home from combat, are scared for life, have to search and search for jobs. Oh, yes, it is easy to go up to a soldier or navy person or other military and say thank you,but then what do we do to really show our appreciation……Yes, I am saying this as I post this speech about some other soldiers who, every day, fight to give our youth education in spite of the barriers legislators, administrators, helicopter parents, and parents who could care less... put in the way.
Happy Veterans Day!  Veterans of wars abroad and wars waged to teach.

Who is a teacher??

From A School Principal's speech at a graduation..

He said "Doctor wants his child to become a doctor; Engineer wants his child to become engineer; Businessman wants his ward to become CEO; BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of them too!!!!

Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE" ....Very sad but that's the truth.....!!!

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 just 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, and 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.

Again she thinks “You want to know what I make? (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 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. And 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

(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 really make?


What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent.


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