The Teacher and CEO Debate – Who Wins?

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?”
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 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 math. 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 make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make Mr. CEO?
His jaw dropped, he went silent.

Teaching is…the profession that makes all other professions possible!

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9 Responses to The Teacher and CEO Debate – Who Wins?

  1. Aboki October 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM #

    How else could the teacher have summed up how much she makes better than the way she did.
    Life ain’t all about money, all the good things in life
    There’s a lot more than what is felt, touched and seen, and that is what a teacher imparts, knowledge and ultimately wisdom. The very fact that we have all the, rich guys showing off their wealth today, doesn’t mean being a teacher aren’t worth it. It only proves the dearth in society where people have forgotten that whatever, whoever, wherever you are today, you have gone thru one teacher or the other to be able to get to where you are.

    This only brings to the fore, the need to give teachers the respect that they deserve and accord them the place of honour the appropriately should occupy.

    Thanks Sara for sharing.

  2. Haider Ali786 May 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM #


  3. Shinedin April 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM #

    unfortunately we dont have teachers like Bonnie, who had been portrayed as the role model for other teachers.

  4. Zeeshannoor7 April 11, 2011 at 5:56 AM #

    good one

  5. kamra April 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM #

    Amazing and fantastic story of teacher & CEO but to be honest such teachers are now not prevailing in abundance, few of them which make the difference.

  6. Anonymous April 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM #

    oooo she just shut him up loool…nice moral 🙂

  7. Mohammed Fadous April 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM #

    History proves that The Teacher is the main reason behind the development of societies ,but unfortunately there are some people who think that they are more important than teachers, forgetting that they would be nothing without a “good teacher”.

    • Ali April 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

      Rightly said Mohammed Fadous!

  8. Nahil April 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM #

    too “perfected” a view of what a teacher at any education level can do to make a difference in individuals or society, I experienced teaching of single individuals, mainly friends and relative and the only thing I could achieve is to get them succeed in having good marks in certain modules, something that their teachers in regular classroom couldn’t do it because they themselves are victims of the educational system imposing them to follow a strict dumbed-down curriculum and finish the program given to them, regardless of who understands the material and who’s not.