So pardon my plagiarism Mr. Harvey: So God Made a Teacher

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  1. Irishdave

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    So pardon my plagiarism Mr. Harvey:

    So God Made a Teacher

    And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need someone to make sure all my children become the very best caretakers of this world they can be” so God made teachers.

    God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, ready their own household for work and school, spend all day in the classroom focused on the needs of the children there and willing to stay after work to meet with parents and colleagues to insure the best is happening in the school. I need someone who will then rush home to provide a home-life for loved ones and then review their work before bed to be sure it’s all ready for the next day.” So God made teachers.

    God said, “I need somebody who knows the school community doesn’t stop at the front door, someone who knows that some days there is no going home for dinner because there are children and parents coming in and there needs to be a listening presence ready to greet them. I need someone who doesn’t measure their job in hours but in students and families served.” So God made teachers.

    God had to have somebody willing to ride school buses the first weeks of school so that all families will be greeted, someone who will host school lunches in the classroom so all space in the school can be utilized fully, someone who will suffer the consequences of playing basketball with 5th graders and accompanying kindergarteners in a jog-a-thon, someone who will open candy-spiked Valentines and work valiantly to discern every last author so proper thanks can be given.” So God made teachers.

    God said, “I need somebody with a heart strong enough to bear witness to the most tragic stories ever written and yet gentle enough to resist the temptation to harden against the adversity so present in the world.” So God made teachers.

    It had to be somebody who’d work hard and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, plow, plant, replenish growing minds and finish a hard week’s work with a round trip of 30 miles each day. Somebody who’d bale a classroom together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh with understanding when their own child says, “I’m thinking of being a teacher.”

    So God made teachers.


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  3. AspieTeacher

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    RE: God Made a Teacher

    Loved the article. That was the most touching way to present what we do every day with our students. Good to hear there are other believers on this site too.

    Troy in Downey
     
  4. Irishdave

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    May 17, 2013

    It is from his :
    So God made a farmer.

    And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

    God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

    "I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.

    God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.

    God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.

    God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.

    "Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer.
     

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