A poem by: Taylor Mali


The dinner guests were sitting around the table

餐毕,环坐,论人生
discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain

一老板牛哄哄
the problem with education. He argued:

他大叫,当老师的算根葱
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided
his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

学生能学到的顶屁用
He reminded the other dinner guests that it's true
what they say about teachers: "Those who can...do.
Those who can't ... teach."

教书的真是无能
To corroborate, he said to another guest: "You're a
teacher, Susan," he said. "Be honest. What do you
make?"

你们当老师的干啥行?
Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness,
replied, "You want to know what I make?"

我,当老师的,干啥行?
I make kids work harder than they ever thought they
could.

我让学生更成功

I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal
of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the
student did not do his or her very best."

C+A-评品行
"I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence."

40分钟不出声
"I can make parents tremble in fear when I call home"

让家长吓得不行
"You want to know what I make?"

我干啥行?
"I make kids wonder."
"I make them question."
"I make them criticize."

"I make them apologize and mean it."

我让学生求知,批评

探索,真诚
"I make them write."
"I make them read, read, read."
"I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely
beautiful, and definitely beautiful over and over and
over again, until they will never misspell either one
of those words again."

我教他们读写人生
"I make them show all their work in math and hide it
all on their final drafts in English."

文理都行
"I make them understand that if you have the brains,
then follow your heart...

让他们知道,

and if someone ever tries to
judge you by what you make, you pay them no
attention!"

若人说你很不行

全因此人体重轻(PS: 没心没肺没脑子)

"You want to know what I make?"
"I make a difference."
"And you? What do you make?"

我能改变不同的人生

你说我到底行不行?

Views: 33

Comment by Channing Tan on September 6, 2010 at 6:30pm
May every teacher love this poem.
Comment by Laura Gonzalez on September 8, 2010 at 8:32am
I saw this on youtube just this last weekend.
Comment by Channing Tan on September 8, 2010 at 9:11am
I am a pride to be a teacher

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