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    What teachers make...

    What Teachers Make

    By Taylor Mali

    He says the problem with teachers is, "What's a kid going to learn
    from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

    He reminds the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about

    That those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

    I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
    and resist the urge to remind the other dinner guests
    that it's also true what they say about lawyers.

    Because we're eating, after all, and this is polite conversation.

    "I mean, you're a teacher, Taylor"
    "Be honest. What do you make?"

    And I wish he hadn't done that
    (asked me to be honest)
    because, you see, I have a policy
    about honesty and ass-kicking:
    which is, if you ask for it, then I have to let you have it.

    You want to know what I make?

    I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
    I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor
    and I can make an A- feel like a slap in the face.
    How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

    You wanna know what I make?

    I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
    in absolute silence.
    No, you can not work in groups.
    No, you can not ask a question (so put your hand down)
    Why won't I let you go to the bathroom?
    Because you're bored and you don't really have to go, do you?

    You wanna know what I make?

    I make parents tremble in fear when I call home at around dinner time:
    "Hi, This is Mr. Mali, I hope I haven't called at a bad time,
    I just wanted to talk to you about something your son did today.
    he said, "Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don't you?"
    And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

    I make parents see their children for who they are
    and who they can be.

    You want to know what I make?

    I make kids question.
    I make them criticize.
    I make them apologize and mean it.
    I make them write, write, write.
    And then I make them read.
    I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely
    over and over again until they will never misspell
    either one of those words again.
    I make them show all their work in math.
    And then hide it on their final drafts in English.
    I make them realize that if you got this (brains)
    then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you
    by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

    Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
    I make a difference! What about you?
    "When I'm driving along and I see a sign that says, CAUTION: SMALL CHILDREN AHEAD,
    I slow down, and then it occurs to me, I'm not afraid of small children"!

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    Good post. While I know plenty of idiots who thought teaching would be an easy career, there are plenty others who do a great job and do it for the right reason.

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    That is awesome!

    I must be a special kind of person! I teach AND I can actually do what I teach.

    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
    -- Ambrose Redmoon

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    I would give that teacher a raise.
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

    We are who we choose to be.

    R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012

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    The problem with Education isnt the Teachers, it's the Administrators who keep tying the hands of the teachers, and preventing them from actually Teaching anymore. The Socratic method worked for millenia.. The teacher teaches, the Students listen, occasionally the teacher assesses both his and their performance in their repective roles by testing, and then adjusts accordingly...noe we have "Learning Circles, and teasting is bad because a failing grade can harm the little darling's psyche... Bunk, Nonsense, and Bullshit.

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    Yes, its the age of political correctness.

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    As the son of two teachers, I really enjoyed the article. Thanks!



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