Taylor Mali answers back.
“I decide to bite my tongue instead of his…we’re eating, after all, and this is supposed to be polite conversation…’I mean you’re a teacher Taylor, c’mon. What do you make?’ And I wished he hadn’t done that. Asked me to be honest.”
Taylor Mali is a former teacher and now full-time globe-trotting poet / advocate and recruiter for the teaching profession. He’s written a book: What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World that sprung out of a performance poem of the same name.
In an era when education reform is sorely needed and when boys are looking for role models who will lead and inspire, it great to see a man like Mali be unapologetic in stating the importance of his profession.
Below is an early, solo, slam-poetry performance by Mali of the same material, raw and unpolished.