Thu, February 4, 2010 1:11:17 PM
To: Brian Fernandez
Cc: IT BHU
Thanks, Brian, the confidence of Mary in the sheer gloriousness of her work is a visibly rare quality these days.But I fully admire her attitude.Money does not equal wealth.It's the kind of work that we do that is paramount,that enhances the consciousness of the person and makes him socially aware and responsive.
But I have noticed that education,instead of enhancing the consciousness, is doing precisely the opposite. It is making people selfish and narrow minded with precisely little knowledge of the fact that all of us, and this beautiful cosmos that we inhabit, is infact deeply interconnected.As a consequence thereof, that love and sensitivity for each and every one of us is, sadly,missing in our daily interactions.
We may well be highly mistaken if we think that our super duper brains and salaries will make our day for us.What might well make the day is learning to work together in a spirit of love and cooperative endeavour, sublimating our narrow personal goals for the common good, so that whatever be the nature of the problem or work at hand, we are equal to that task.
But I live in hope, Brian.People are slowly beginning to see the futility of the rat race and the strength in an empowered populace. Unless we can swim together, we will surely sink together.
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From: Brian Fernandez
Sent: Wed, February 3, 2010 7:39:08 PM
Subject: What teaches make
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO (proud of being a professional) , 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, Mary. Be honest. What do you make?
Mary, 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 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 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.
I make my students stand, to say the Pledgeof Allegiance to the National Flag, and sing the National Anthem because we live in this great country.
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.'
(Mary 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.
THIS IS WORTH SENDING TO EVERY TEACHER
Even all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters,grandparent s &
your spiritual teachers
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