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The Thought That Counts(九年级阅读)  

2013-09-12 21:23:59|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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       Many people are so familiar with theexpression“it’s the thought thatcounts”that it almost sounds like a cliché.But its meaning is important:the value of a gift matters less than the gift itself.
  It is worth remembering this old expres-sion on Teachers’Day,especially nowthat re-tailers are promoting more and more elaborate and expensive gifts for teachers,in place of simple,traditional tokens,like fruit or tea or flowers...or just a simple“thank you.”
  As in China,many cultures revere teach-ers.There are plenty of good reasons for this:teachers prepare the next generations of lead-ers;they preserve and communicate our cul-tural heritage—our literature and music and philosophy;they provide the building blocks of knowledge—like math and physics—that our future engineers will use to build bridges and railways and space stations.
  Perhaps,however,we honor teachers above all for their sacrifices.Teaching has never been a well-paid profession.In fact,in many countries,including the United States,school teachers are among the lowest paid pro-fessionals.
  Maybe it seems that,if teachers are paid so little for their work,we should reward them with expensive gifts on Teachers’Day.But they did not join the profession for the mon-ey—or for gifts.They became teachers be-cause they wanted to contribute to the future of their country,or because they love helping young minds to develop,or because they were themselves inspired by a great teacher,or for all of these reasons and more.
  How about giving a teacher a gift so that they look upon the giver with favor?It’s a ter-rible idea because most teachers are very seri-ous about their objectivity.Expensive gifts present a teacher with a moral quandary(困境):can they really see all the students as equals if they accept such gifts only from those whose families can afford them?
  Most teachers will be as happy with fruit or tea—or even a simple“thank you”—as with anything fancy;they will probably be happier.But if students really want to showtheir appre-ciation of a teacher,they should offer such gifts collectively,as a class,and not as individual students.
  That’s a thought that would really count—recognizing your teacher without ex-pecting anything in return.Anything,that is,except all the hard work he or she already does for you every day.
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