05/16/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Tributes to Teachers

05/16/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Tributes to Teachers

[This week I zinged students/teachers as the school-year closes. Here are
some thoughts on teachers that are worth looking at again.]

Newspaper correction: “It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is
T-shirt Appreciation Week. It is actually Teacher Appreciation Week.”

During the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, James Michener (author of
“Hawaii,” “The Source” and other mega-sellers), was invited to a celebrity
dinner at the White House. In a letter Michener declined to attend: “Dear
Mr. President: I received your invitation three days after I had agreed to
speak a few words at a dinner honoring the wonderful high school teacher who
taught me how to write. I know you will not miss me at your dinner, but she
might at hers.”

A week later, Michener received a handwritten reply from the understanding
Ike: “In his lifetime a man lives under 15 or 16 presidents, but a really
fine teacher comes into his life but rarely. Go and speak at your teacher’s

I believe that an apple lasts a short time in the hands of a teacher, but a
bit of wisdom lasts a lifetime in the mind and heart of a student.

I believe that when you speak, your words echo across the room, but when you
teach, your words echo across the ages.

I believe, as Henry Adams, the grandson and great-grandson of presidents,
put it: “A teacher affects eternity. No one can tell where his influence

I believe that teachers deserve the nice things people say about them.

Cynically, the playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “He who can, does. He
who cannot, teaches.”

But Lee Iacocca’s response fits better: “In a truly rational world, the best
of us would be teachers, and the rest of us would do something else.”

Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”