Thursday, May 29, 2008


How much do teachers make? Tribute to all teachers.....

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 stress his point he said to another guest; "You're 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, 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.
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?"

(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. Keyboarding isn't everything.I make them read, read, read.I make them show all their work in maths.
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.
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.

Something to share....

We salute you, our beloved teachers!
You were the engineers of our souls and are the engineers of our children’s souls.

You had shown your tender love and care in all of us since our day one in school. With great patience and a loving heart, you had taught us how to listen, how to spell, how to write, how to read, how to speak and how to think. Under your guidance, you had disciplined us to grow up as useful citizens to our countries.

In the recent 5.12 Sichuan earthquake in China where more than 80,000 lives had been reported lost to the destructive natural disaster, many of them were teachers and school children. Over there in Sichuan Province, there were untold tragic but touching stories above teachers who had sacrificed their lives to save many lives of their pupils and students.

I feel that teachers are the most respected professionals in today world. Many of us cannot be what we are today if not due to good influence of our teacher(s). We can proudly say that our teachers made us what we are today. Surely they make a difference in our lives!

1 comment:

efendi doloksaribu said...

Pak Loh, guru itu memang sangat luar biasa. Dia adalah designer, model untuk murid-murid. Kalau di Indonesia, guru adalah Pahlawan Tanpa Tanda Jasa. (Teacher is a Hero without an appreciation). Kenyataan begitu, guru tidak dihargai dan banyak yang kesulitan materi, berbeda dengan Cigu yang di Malaysia bisa lebih sejahtera pendapatannya