An awesome ass-kicking video by Taylor Mali on ‘What Teachers Make’.
Taylor is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.
He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test.
We tend to underestimate teachers, and the value they give to our children or even to ourselves. When you watch this video you won’t look at them in the same way again.
“You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful
over and over and over again until they will never misspell
either one of those words again.”