Taylor Mali: What Teachers Make

Ever heard the phrase “Those who can’t do, teach”? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.

[Via TED]

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13 Responses to Taylor Mali: What Teachers Make

  1. Wow, this guy should be in charge of the public education system in this country. That still gets me every time I hear it or read it.

  2. I love this. I really want to be a teacher and people always look at me and say, “Really? A teacher? That is brave…” or “Well, hopefully that will make you happy because you aren’t going to make any money.”
    It makes me sad that perhaps their teachers never made an impact on them… but I want to make a positive impact on kids, even if they do hate me at the end of the day… hopefully they will be able to look back and know that what I did and said bettered them for the future.

  3. Wow, this guy should be in charge of the public education system in this country. That still gets me every time I hear it or read it.

  4. I love this. I really want to be a teacher and people always look at me and say, "Really? A teacher? That is brave…" or "Well, hopefully that will make you happy because you aren't going to make any money."

    It makes me sad that perhaps their teachers never made an impact on them… but I want to make a positive impact on kids, even if they do hate me at the end of the day… hopefully they will be able to look back and know that what I did and said bettered them for the future.

  5. Thank you for the heads up…the validation in my career choice and the dust in my eye.

    I would love to shake this man’s hand.

  6. Thank you for the heads up…the validation in my career choice and the dust in my eye.

    I would love to shake this man's hand.

  7. Ugh. This is why I hate teachers: they are no more than bullies; and they insist on making themselves out to be poor when they really aren't. How much do teachers make? A heck of a lot more than most Americans. Which is the speaker never answers the question.

  8. Ugh. This is why I hate teachers: they are no more than bullies; and they insist on making themselves out to be poor when they really aren’t. How much do teachers make? A heck of a lot more than most Americans. Which is the speaker never answers the question.

    • "which is the speaker never answers the question."
      "which is the speaker never answers the question."
      "which is the speaker never answers the question."

      you're an idiot. teachers in most states make less than your average waitress. teachers make between $18,000 and $60,000 a year, depending on the district in which they teach. and if your teachers were bullies, then you were probably an asshole student that deserved it. teachers do what they do for no other reason than to better the lives of their students. and you, sir, are a douchebag.

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