The following is based loosely on a poem by Harvard professor Kent M. Keith, which was painted on the wall of Mother Theresa’s mission in Calcutta, India:
Students are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Teach them anyway.
If you teach, students (& sometimes their parents) will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
If you are teach rigor, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Teach rigor anyway.
What you teach today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Transparency, integrity and candor make you vulnerable.
Be genuine anyway.
There will be days when you feel like you’re throwing pearls to the swine.
Doctors and lawyers and CEOs and politicians all get paid more than teachers.
You’re teaching future doctors, lawyers, CEOs and politicians.
What you spend years teaching may be destroyed overnight by drugs or alcohol or just bad choices.
Some students who really need the most help may attack you, offend you, or resent you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give students the best you have every day and they may not appreciate it, they may let you down, you may go home more weary than you could ever imagine.
Give them the best you have anyway.