” If you’ve ever been to a poetry slam, you know that the highest scoring emotion is self-righteous indignation: how dare you judge me. So in that way, the poem, ‘What Teachers Make,’ is an absolutely formulaic slam poem designed to allow me to get up on my soap box and say, ‘Let me tell you what really makes me angry. “


” One of the most important things that teachers teach students is you, you can work harder. You are mentally tougher than you think. “


” The poem ‘What Teachers Make’ is not without its detractors. This one person wrote to me and said: ‘Gee, Mr. Mali. You don’t possibly have a teacher-God complex, do you?’ And that was the first time I’d ever heard of that expression. So, yeah, I’m sure I have a teacher-God complex. “


” No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain. It never is. But graduations need not only be obsessed with looking ahead, a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are. “



All 4 Taylor Mali Quotes about You in picture


If you
One of the most important things that teachers teach students is you, you can work harder. You are mentally tougher than you think.


The poem
No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain. It never is. But graduations need not only be obsessed with looking ahead, a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are.
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