Let me give children the healing knowledge
That there is a better way, a more beautiful way
To live each day of their lives.
A physician I am not,
but healing is part of my profession.
Let me give some child hope for eternity,
Peace in this life, confidence in what will come.
I am not a member of the clergy,
but faith is part of my profession.
Let me give children a feeling of justice,
A sensitivity for right and wrong;
A love of truth and abhorrence of evil.
A legal advisor I am not,
but justice is part of my profession.
Let me bring children relief from pain of
disappointment and disillusionment;
A remedy for dissolving personality;
An escape from the ravages of self-pity;
A psychologist I am not,
but the healthy mind is part of my profession.
Let me give children a balance
between an appreciation of their cultural heritage,
And an enthusiastic participation in the human family,
And anticipation for the world of tomorrow.
For I am a teacher.
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