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Posted on Aug 2, 2011

Every educator should have this video cued and ready to play for every CEO who wants to reinvent the classroom even though they’ve never taught in one and every politician who calls the underpaid and overworked teachers of America lazy.

More on Taylor Mali, the educator and poet we’re celebrating, can be found here.

(video below via @Ryan)

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By truedigger3, August 6, 2011 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Re: By RayLan, August 5 at 6:25 pm

RayLan,

Nobody is denying that there exist some bad teachers, like bad doctors and lawyers and engineers ...etc.. etc.
However what is going on now is an ORCHESTRATED campaing to discredit teachers and public education.
This is done to justify reducing funding for public education and cutting teachers’ salaries and eventually destroying public education and replacing it with for profits private schools which will be owned and run by mega corporations.
If you have students who are from broken homes where strife and conflicts are daily occurence or who come to class hungry, or students who have chronic behavioural problems, no teacher will achieve good results with these kind of students. The source of failure is the students themselves and/or their homes.

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By RayLan, August 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

@charliedontserf
Great observations from ground zero-  I’ve heard of teachers yelling at kids,even to the point of calling them bitchy and stupid - and this was a ‘Critical Thinking’ course! My worse experience was at a UCLA epistemology course. The prof was a 27 year old wild man- gesticulating and babbling incoherently - just like this so-called poet. He presumed to teach students how to write. And he barely spoke a complete coherent sentence. He thought he was a badass, and that was supposed to impress the youngsters. He didn’t care who he intimidated out of learning. He was quite simply - an asshole.

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By charliedontserf, August 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

I think this guy represents mandatory public education at its finest; it’s a god damn boot camp - and I say that as someone who passed through boot camp. Sorry, but the public education system is an utter joke because of this mentality and it’s leading to an epistemological decline in Western society.

Is it any surprise that young people have no sense of democratic principles when they spend the first 18 years of their lives in such an institution?

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By godiva de maus, August 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

@eugne

Wow. Your depictions of “retired teachers” (your age) scare you with their whining and complaining.

Both my parents were teachers; father, now deceased made twice as much as my mother because well, that’s just the way it was in the 50’s and 60’s. He died in the 60’s and mother is now a retired educator.

She saved and scrimped and tried to live a responsible life. She drove a 68 VW until 1981, when it was replaced by a Honda. Ours was not a luxurious life, but we had food and shelter and some measure of comfort.

Now, approaching her 80’s, the new austerity measures are threatening to reduce her health coverage, her retirement income, etc. She’s no longer able to supplement her retirement with sub work. I never hear her complain, but she did mention the move by our state government to do this.

I remember during the years my mother worked, she brought home stacks of papers to grade, which she did after I went to bed. I would fall asleep to the sound of her typewriter as she prepared lesson plans and such.

It angers me that these caricatures of teachers as lazy, whining, ungrateful, seem to abound. It seems to me to be a product of opinions formed in youthful immaturity, never subjected to scrutiny now masquerading as truth.

In any group, there are people who work extraordinarily hard and those who work extraordinarily hard at not working. Fortunately, in teaching those who are the latter, generally stick out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately, it’s these sore thumbs which often form the picture that gets passed around the news rooms and coffee shops. I had many many dedicated and skilled teachers and a few truly out of control bad ones. I never let the few dominate my view of the profession, but used the few to remind people that diligent watchfulness is needed because, these are our children.

I’m sorry you have such a dismal view of teachers. Unfortunately, this is the viewpoint that will, due to decreased funding (justified by this view), become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Expect and recruit the best, and you will reap the rewards. Expect the worst and you shall enable that result.

The time to wake up to the fact that an educated population is the best defender of democracy.

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By LillithMc, August 5, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

My local paper is full of rightie trolls who always bash teachers.  That matters because they also vote in enough numbers to consistently lower funding until we are in repeated crises situations.  They don’t want public schools. Every day in comments they gang bash anyone who does not agree with them.  I posted this video on my facebook page hoping some locals see it. The “tone” has to be in their face, but even then they don’t care while they continue to send their kids to public schools.  Obama wants charter schools.  Soon there will be no public schools obligated to educate everyone.  We will re-segregate like my childhood in the 1950’s.

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By Hulk2008, August 5, 2011 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Fair warning to all you teacher-bashers:

Chinese students respect their teachers - they are expected to bow to them and even submit to physical punishment when they fail to perform or behave properly.  Chinese students refer to the teacher as “SyanSheng” (master instructor).  Those who fail or those who disrupt are sent to the coal mines and the farms or actual re-indoctrination camps (Michelle Bachmann’s bogus comments notwithstanding). Students who fail to progress are not only beaten by the school masters but by their parents as well - a practice not unlike earlier times in America. 

That’s just another reason Chinese industry and education is eating our dofu.  They don’t suffer fools easily. 

We shouldn’t have to sacrifice our children to cruelty to compete.  But we should at least demand adequate respect for those to whom we assign the tasks of educating them.  If you are not an expert in educating others, how can you honestly expect to comment in a cogent manner about education?  Education is a specialty just like engineering or science except it depends on an innate ability to deal with human persons rationally. 

By your line of reasoning, tell us YOUR specialty so we can offer criticisms of how you do your work.  We as outsiders obviously would know better than you, right?  (Same logic.)

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By RayLan, August 5, 2011 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

truthdigger4
“Why did you drag what you call “degraded American Culture” into this???!!”
Because that’s the problem !!!! The lack of support for educators, good educators is entirely a cultural issue - a consumer anti-intellectualized infantilized culture.

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By Mr Jones UK, August 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment
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How many of you who are slagging this guy off have
thought about it properly? Who accused this guy of
being anti-intellectual because he’s gung ho? That
doesn’t follow at all, try again. The person who said
this guy was ashamed about how much he earns, did you
even listen to what he says? I doubt it, as that is
clearly addressed in the rant.

Education is one of the most important things in
society - it is not comparable to whether or not your
smartphone works this morning. If you think it is,
then you should go back to school and listen this
time. I know the system isn’t perfect for those who
don’t fit in. I’m one of them. But I’m still smart
enough to see the value in the education I did get,
and an education system that actually teaches you
something - whats wrong with you people?

Here in the UK, the USA is often seen as a nation of
cry-babies and idiots. As long as you continue to
criticise people for being passionate about
education, this image will not change. UreKismet -
you accuse this man of wanting an ethics based on pop
culture…that’s what he’s ranting AGAINST, he’s
clearly in favour of the proper education which
anyone who missed that must be lacking. Just because
he shouts doesn’t mean he likes hip-hop.

I know this must be hard for some of you to accept,
but here goes - his lessons aren’t necessarily as
lively as his shows. So no need to pity the students
he rants at. Because this is a show, not a lesson.

Burnt - “smart enough to realise that being quiet for
40 mins because we said so isn’t a good enough
reason…” - Sir, you are the biggest fool of all.
You actually support the disruption of other
students’ study hall time? What will be learned by
the disruption? Where is the benefit to acting up?
How about some discipline? Dont you think kids need
that? Just because you don’t fit in, doesn’t mean you
have a right to interfere with other people’s
education.

Eric R - Yes, you’re damned right I’ll tell a
‘single’ to raise their kid properly. THEY had the
kid, THEY chose the partner, THEY are responsible for
the child’s behaviour. Any parent who cant look after
what falls out of them should be banned from
reproduction. Your children are not my
responsibility, however much you would like to
pretend you aren’t to blame for the pathetic excuses
for humanity you have spawned whilst high on meth. I
dont care how hard you work - other generations
managed this so stop crying that life is hard and get
on with it.

Honestly, the number of racist comments about hip-hop
culture on here make me sick. One can shout without
being black, or wrong! The number of commentators
complaining that a man has passion for education,
show the real reason the USA is in trouble. If my
diatribe made any of you cry - good! life hurts
sometimes but that doesn’t mean you should cry about
it or avoid things that are hard.

Rant over.

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By truedigger3, August 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Re:By RayLan, August 4 at 4:03 am

RayLan wrote:
“I’m a poet - he’s a sad example of how degraded American culture has become - where poetry has degraded into white hip hop posing street thug antics. Pathetic - not awesome.”
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RayLan,
Is he pathetic, REALLy??.
Why did you drag what you call “degraded American Culture” into this???!!
This is an angry teacher and justifiably so. He is expressing his anger with raw emotions as it should be. He got fire in the belly and I salute him for that.
What is your “culture jumbo” has to do with that??
Do you want him to express his anger in a “dignified Shakspeerian poetry”??!!
Lighten up and give us and give yourself a break!!!

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By CuriousYellow, August 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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To Eric R and Ted Swart:

This guy is a teacher - not some drone who lobs anonymous kicks in the cahones of highly educated underpaid hard-working educators.  He didn’t ask for more $$, did he?  He indicated that he just wants kids to perform optimally and parents that support that goal. 
    The fact that you can type and spell and read should at least draw a casual “Thank You” from you guys - teachers showed you how. Ingrates.
  And you want us to believe you taught yourself all your skills without teachers???  I can just see you now, scribbling away on the back of a coal shovel with charcoal by candlelight ala Abe Lincoln.  Yeah Right!
  Obviously what you know about teachers would fit up a mosquito’s tookus and still rattle like a BB in a boxcar.  And if Eric R represents the average student, no wonder his math teaacher gave up teaching in favor of a nice nap.
  By the way, tenure is meaningless except for college profs. Unions do NOT hire or fire or pay or hand out benefits - all done by school admin and boards.  Principals can hire and fire at will - contracts merely insist that due process be followed - as expected in any legitimate job. 
    But when budgets drop, ANY teacher can be tossed withOUT cause. 

So much for the MYTH of tenure.

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By Jack, August 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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Um, I don’t believe Taylor Mali is a teacher anymore.  At least that’s what he said when I saw him four years ago.  He certainly did his time, but now he is full-time poet, capitalizing on his time as a teacher.  (Which I don’t object to—just it should be noted.)

He also does poems about masturbation. They have less bravado.

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By gerard, August 4, 2011 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Ted Stuart: That Mali wants is recognition and respect for who he is, what he does and how he does it.  His anger is coming out of decades of widespread public denigration of teachers,and an all too typically rough-hewn and provincal “American” anti-illectualism.  He seems to be fed up.

Whether we like his “tone” or not, it asks us to rate ourselves on a scale of 1 to 10 as to what degree we understand his frustration, and to what degree we are willing to stop using teachers (and alas! schools in general) as kicking posts.

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By Ted Swart, August 4, 2011 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

Someone please tell me what Thomas Mali expects/wants people to do.
Give teachers more respect and more credit for what they do?
Reduce the power of unions?
Reduce the size of the administrative overhead?
Teach in the same way he does—whatever that is?
Achieve better results in terms of numeracy and literacy (long way to go!)?
Pay teachers even more?

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By gerard, August 4, 2011 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

One thing we need in this country is more guys like Mali to represesnt all the working people whose jobs are undervalued.  If they could all make videos and get them aired on YouTube, they might get their voices heard.  Stridency in the defense of personal pride is better than slavish silence.

The sacred Amendment justifying Freedom of Speech says nothing about tone of voice—and there’s a reason for that. When it hurts your ears to hear the truth, the game is over.

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By RayLan, August 4, 2011 at 4:03 am Link to this comment

@D R Zing
“He’s awesome, a poet, not a comedian.”
Wow - he’s a poet??!!! You’ve got to be kidding.
I’m a poet - he’s a sad example of how degraded American culture has become - where poetry has degraded into white hip hop posing street thug antics. Pathetic - not awesome.

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By RayLan, August 4, 2011 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

@Mijan
“Sure, he’s gung-ho badass… and it’s perfectly appropriate”
Appropriate to the anti-intellectual hip-hop aping culture - the same culture that doesn’t respect education or the arts for that matter. Teachers even at the college level play to that culture assuming its young and hip and will appeal to their students. They end up making themselves ridiculous and degrading the quality of their teaching. I know - I’ve taken such classes. It’s embarrassing.

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By politicky, August 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

That was AWESOME!

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By caped amigo, August 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

Loved it! Loved his intensity, his passion. There are many of us who can relate to
his fervor and zeal. We go through the day with anger just below the surface.
Step on one of our land-mines, and we turn up the volume with eloquence. We’re
fed up with the hypocrisy and the perverted report card implying success in this
country.

And for those of you who felt that Taylor Mali was unnecessarily strident, I
suggest you continue to eat those cucumber sandwiches with no crust. The
corporate state is counting on it. They like their serfs to quietly obey.

I, for one, prefer to fight the good fight. Taylor is my hero too.

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By D.R. Zing, August 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

He’s awesome, a poet, not a comedian.

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By MK77, August 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

He has all the bearing and class of a professional wrestler, and the fact that he makes such a fuss about his salary suggests that on some level it bothers him, as though being paid a meager wage is emasculating.

Perhaps he wonders deep down whether teaching isn’t in fact a very feminine vocation. All the bluster and swagger, the talk about kicking ass, etc. feels a lot like a defense mechanism. (He’s defending against the suspicion that maybe what he does for a living is for pussies.)

It’s the whole performing and playing out of his frustrations, the man with the marketable name auditioning for what’s sure to be a reality TV show, that should make any bright person wince and feel ashamed yet again to be an American.

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By I'm a teacher, August 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve read this before (never seen it performed though). It’s a little over the top, but
the idea that teaching is some kind of fall-back, loser profession is disingenuous.

I’ve been a teacher for 30+ yrs and it’s been good. The real trick is to WANT to be
around teenagers on a consistent basis. A lot of people couldn’t handle that
(including some parents of teenagers).

If you really want to make a statement that holds more sway it’s, “those who can
teach, those who can’t go into administration”.

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By gerard, August 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

As to the “tone” of this video to which some object:

Put people on the defensive and they will respond defensively. So what else is new?

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By Burnt, August 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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I’m very connected to public education. I know lots
and lots of teachers. The vast majority are great
people, doing their absolute best to help kids in
the ways they know how. I don’t begrudge them
anything. They’re good people.

Teachers, as a group, have a few blind spots. In
general, they make okay money. Most can afford a
mortgage and a car payment (at least after a few
years) and have health and dental coverage, with
maybe an underfunded pension. They’re not rich, but
they can live comfortably if they choose well. And
often they get 8 weeks off in the summer, not a bad
perk, especially if you have kids. They have
excellent job security, another nice perk in these
times. I get the feeling, sometimes, that my teacher
friends don’t recognize the pressures that workers
in the private sector have had to endure for the
last 10 years.

One thing that bothers me is the often repeated
cannard, “I’m making a difference”. Of course, they
are! But lots of cubical drones also make a
difference. The asshole lawyer this guy was ragging
on may make a difference for someone, sometime,
maybe even often. Lots of people make a difference.
It’s not exclusively a “teacher” thing and it pisses
me off when they seem to think they do more than I
do. Do you like it when your phone works? When your
car works? When your Internet service comes on? When
your toilet flushes? All those things are the
results of years of sometimes extraordinary effort
on the part of many working people. They are
absolutely making a difference, too.

My last quip is personal. It’s the “quiet for 40
minutes” thing. In school, I was a “good kid”, a
good student who worked hard to meet the
expectations set for me by teachers and the school
system as a whole. I was friends with lots of kids
who were crushed by the system. They were smart,
funny and had unlimited potential, and they were
completely under served by the schools. They didn’t
fit the mold. They didn’t always play by the rules.
They weren’t quiet in study hall because they were
smart enough to realize that having to be quiet for
40 minutes “becasuse we said so” isn’t enough of a
reason. Many of them went on to do great things with
their lives, but in high school they were not valued
by the system.

I think this video is red meat for its constituency,
and, of course, there are things in it that would
resonate with many non-teachers. But taking this
video, and this attitude to the general public would
be a mistake in my humble opinion.

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By truedigger3, August 3, 2011 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Re: By Eric R, August 3 at 7:30 am.


Eric R,

What an unfair and fabricated piece of crap you wrote against teachers. What do you have against teachers and their unions or any union for that matter.
Do you own a stake in a private school or are you one of these brain washed idiots who wants to privatize everything and turn it to greedy corporations that will suck the blood out from the common people.
Taylor Mali is angry and he is completely justified to be angry and I support him 100%.

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By eugne, August 3, 2011 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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Eric R is right on.  Few Americans know much at all about education, let alone teachers.  We’ve listened to union rhetoric far too long.  While teachers whine and complain, they are far better off then the community at large and, in many cases, have incredible control over it all. 

For those that can read, after graduating from the worst educational/most expensive educational system in the industrialized world, take a look at “Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools” by Terry M Moe. 

The retired teachers (I’m that age) I know scare the hell out of me.  Rigid, constant complaining about their retirement (far better than mine0, anti change and and constantly blaming everyone but themselves about the dismal state of our educational system.  As Moe points out, for decades teachers have come from the lowest sector of college graduates. 

I graduated over 50 yrs ago from a rural school in one of the poorest areas northern Minnesota.  The quality of our teachers was not high.  But even the few drop outs could read/ write at a decent level.  Not true anymore.  25% of the American population cannot read and write.  Another 25% can’t read/write enough to understand a newspaper article.  Most of these people cannot fill out a job application.  We now have remedial reading classes for those entering college.  And the list goes on and on and on.  But I know, the quality of our teaching profession is high.
From the experience my kids had two decades ago, just not true.

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By gerard, August 3, 2011 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

Tens of thousands of teachers would like to get this
message across to millions of parents. Pass it on.

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By John R., August 3, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

I wonder just how far a man can be pushed before he will take any kind of action
against a government that continues to remove his rights.

A government that continues to limit the education available to his child.

It’s very simple to view what rights the government has removed, it is here:

http://www.nyclu.org/pdfs/eroding_liberty.pdf

And maybe you are wondering how the current government is supporting the
corporations ?

You can find that here, a slideshow of those whom benefit, versus those that do not. 

Once again, your children are systematically being dumbed
down by corporations influencing the government. This makes it easy for them to work your child into a low paying job, a cog in the wheel.

http://www.thenation.com/slideshow/162519/slide-show-8-biggest-winners-
and-losers-debt-ceiling-deal

There is still time to wake up, but you better soon, those rights in the constitution
are being amended very very quickly.

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By LocalHero, August 3, 2011 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

I’ve never read so many pussy-like comments on a Truthdig post before. If you’re not mad yet, you’re too stupid to be reached.

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By Ted Swart, August 3, 2011 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

Taylor Mali is unnecessarily strident which spoils some of the valid components in his message.  It is true that for the educational system as a whole rote learning has received a bad rap yet Mali seems to emphasize it—if you can spot it in the verbiage.  So, he is not your run of the mill teacher. Teaching is indeed a tough job and is often ruined by fads and fancies like whole word reading instead of phonetics. But the real problem with teaching is not even mentioned in what Mali says. Like so much else in the world teaching is over bureaucratized.  The size and cost of the administration in the world of teaching—both at school level and college/university level—has grown like weeds in a garden and swallows up huge gobs of wasted money which we don’t have. Ross Perot pointed this out a long time ago but nobody noticed and, if they did, nothing has been done about it.

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By SarcastiCanuck, August 3, 2011 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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After ignoring and marginalizing teachers for years now they are fed up.This guy realises high brow politeness is getting them nowhere so he is willing to kick ass for his principles.Corporate assholes,please take note,the silent majorities anger is going from simmer to boil now and they will be seeking payback.

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By Eric R, August 3, 2011 at 7:30 am Link to this comment
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This guy just proves how crappy the system is and how people should seek
alternatives for education.

I transferred from a public high school to a charter school when I was 16 because
of teachers like this. In a charter school I came in to class listened to lectures
practiced the material on computer programs and whenever I needed assistance a
teacher as available. I didn’t waist time in study halls, bullshit elective courses or
prep rallies.

“Calling parents and making them tremble in fear…and make them see their
children for who they are.”

What an ASS!  You go tell a single who works 60 hrs a week how they are suppose
to be there every moment in regards to their child’s education and development!

The teachers at my charter school were fully aware of which kids had a lot of
family problems and were distracted from having time to work on studies outside
of school.

If this guy went to the House and Senate floor he would get shutdown fast and
maybe somehow see what an idiot he is.


Teachers unions should be shut down and their pay and employment be based off
of their performance. Why? In my public school my geometry teacher taught for 30
min and then handed out an assignment. The rest of the class he just sat down
and went to sleep. He had tenure. This teacher in the video will probably do the
same thing in 10 years when he’s fed up.

Instead of ranting, say what your going to change and how its going to improve
things. Still complaining? Don’t think it matters and you should just keep ranting?
Then quit for everyones sake.

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By queenofit, August 3, 2011 at 7:10 am Link to this comment

My opinion is a little different from some of you, and that is ok. I see what you mean when you say his shouting and bad-ness is a little off putting, I certainly do not like hearing it on any tv venue, that is why I turn that off. But, this guy is doing what many cannot and that is keep his audience awake. Competing in the classroom for the attention of young folks is a challenge, because they have been conditioned to be “entertained” and if you cannot do that, you will probably be lost to the hmmmm-ing world of monotone slumber. I say, if his method works, then good on him and his students, who will benefit from his passion.

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By jerry lagadec, August 3, 2011 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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I taught for forty years in every type of situation and under some pretty demanding conditions. I have a Masters degree from Boston College and was an officer in the Army. I could have done other things…but I decided teaching was a more meaningful way to spend my short stay here.In other words, I’ve been around… a few times…and the negative remarks made by some of the people on this site about Taylor Mali reveal why he has to get a bit “histrionic” to get his point across.After teaching all those years, I can now “live” on a barely adequate retirement. When I die- and at 69 this is more than theory- my wife gets nothing. I’m not angry about this. I accept it, but please save the psuedo-intellectual analysis and smug comments unless you’ve paid some dues yourself in the teaching field. It’s a battlefied in schools today; they are a reflection of all the problems afflicting our society. As a teacher, I tried calm, rational discourse about these problems and the negative attitude that so many people have about teachers. No one listened. MAYBE THEY WILL HEAR THIS!!Right on,Mr Mali. Passion and intellectual acuteness are not mutually exclusive; I think it was Theodore Roszak [sp?] who called it “Rhapsodic Intellect”!

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By Mijan, August 3, 2011 at 5:33 am Link to this comment

Sure, he’s gung-ho badass… and it’s perfectly appropriate. With some of the horrible slander, insults, and accusations being leveled at our hard-working teachers in this country, this one man’s rant is barely wrathful enough.

My mother was a teacher. I know what she did for work—her dedication, extra hours invested in the lives of other people’s children, and the piss-poor pay.

Yeah, this man’s beautiful rant barely scratched the surface. I applaud him, and I wish to turn him loose on the floors of the House and the Senate.

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By andrushka, August 3, 2011 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

Too much shouting, and not very funning!

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By Billy Pilgrim, August 3, 2011 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

In today’s money and status obsessed society, it is
necessary to have to scream to drown out the bullshit
that is thrown at us every single day. That’s why
President Obama’s style, such as it us, is failing to
resonate with so many people. Being polite and soft
spoken is so 20th Century. In a time of crisis, you
have to fight back against the tide of fascism that
threatens to swallow us whole. You can’t be polite or
rational with assholes, unless you are a secret asshole
yourself.

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By Robert Colgan, August 3, 2011 at 5:11 am Link to this comment
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This guy scares the bejeezuz out of me.

I much prefer the idea that education is the process
of gently guiding people to think critically for
themselves as Pablo Freire teaches, and even more
necessary to the process is the absolute autonomous
freedom for children to choose what they are curious
about learning and allowing them to learn in groups
of different ages, in PLAY, NOT WORK, as AS Neill so
brilliantly showed the world in Summerhill.

This videoed speaker…?
Good drill sergeant.
Authoritarian.
Not my cup of tea.

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By UreKismet, August 3, 2011 at 4:44 am Link to this comment

If this bloke is a teacher I hope he uses more than histrionics to get his lessons across.
This business of reducing complexity to sound bites and shouting when you are on soft ground is exactly what got greedheads into the box seat.  Combating flash with flash won’t fix anything because it is shallow thinking, the idea as a disposable object, ethics as pop culture - here today gone tomorrow, which has created the space for the anti-intellectualism that regards education as just another consumable. 

Maybe that’s what Mali wants - he would probably do do ok for himself in such a system, although his students wouldn’t learn much that was of any real use to them.

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By RayLan, August 3, 2011 at 3:36 am Link to this comment

Don’t like the style - too gung-ho badass - which is part of the culture that doesn’t respect intelligence
but agree with the message.

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By Richard_Ralph_Roehl, August 3, 2011 at 12:36 am Link to this comment

And if you’re a shaman, you make the devil nervous!

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