I would rather to be a teacher than a salesman,[BR] although a salesman makes a lot of money than I do,[BR] I would not change places with him.[BR] For he sells washing machines, fountain pens, and[BR] and other materials, but I sells ideas.[BR]
I would rather be a teacher than a stenographer,[BR] even though a stenographer may have a mahogany desk in[BR] the magnificent office of a great chief of industry.[BR] For she helps write letters, but I help write careers.[BR] She touches keys, but I touch lives.[BR]
I would rather be a teacher than an architect,[BR] satisfactory as the program of a large construction might be.[BR] For an archhitect helps build edifices, but I build character.[BR] Edifices endure for a time, but character endures through eternity.[BR]
I would rather be a teacher than an artist,[BR] fascinating as that profession might be in its wealth of beauty,[BR] color, and symmetry. For an artist paints pictures on canvas, [BR] but I paint pictures on the memories of little children.[BR] An artist makes impressions on tablets of clay, but I make impressions on tablets[BR] of the souls.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than a great business executive.[BR] For he works with facts and figures and lifeless coins, but I work with[BR] minds that open, and future that unfold, and principles that grow.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than an accomplished musician, for a [BR] musician plays on violin strings, and piano strings, but I play on the heart strings.
[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than an orator. For an orator stirs [BR] adult to applause and admiration, but I stir little children to right[BR] choosing and nobler thinking.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than a decorator. For he deals with[BR] perspective and harmony and lines in buildings and rooms. But[BR] I deal with perspective and harmony and lines in temples not made[BR] by human hands.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than an interpreter. For he interprets[BR] words, but I interpret motives and purposes and endeavors.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than a potter, for he shapes vessels of clay,[BR] but I shape life.[BR][BR]I would rather be a teacher than an explorer. For he explores unchartered seas,[BR] but I explore unchartered minds, and discover treasure islands[BR] and continents of untold possibilities.[BR][BR] And now, after readingn this article, waht can you say? too idealistic?[BR] If education should serve as a foundation for all those and aspirations, [BR] shouldn''t one expect teachers to fully measure up?