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if you watch only one thing today-

-make it this. I <3 teachers like this man.


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Mar. 26th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
I've been holding this in for a while
This is amazing. Kind of unrelated, the local paper published all the salaries of all the city workers (I only looked because I wanted to see where I was on the list because I was a crossing guard at the time) from highest to lowest.. Of course the superintendent [who makes more than the mayor which is BS and I think explains everything] and everyone who worked at city hall was the highest, and all the janitorial staff and miscellaneous workers like myself were at the bottom, of course. But not high above us were the teachers, and I was floored at how many of the teachers I had loved and actually learned from got paid such shit. I'm out of high school four years and I thought to myself "gee, if this is what they make now, what did they make when I was there?" My favorite English teacher only makes 41k. My father doesn't make much more than that and we still live paycheck to paycheck. Some other teachers I had got promoted to department heads and such which I'm happy for, but it's still barely 20k. Teachers make a difference, and I wish they had something to show for it.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: I've been holding this in for a while
YES! I am guessing you are form the US, no?

Seeing as I am from Canada, the situation is much different here . . . but I still agree with you. Teachers are some sort of awesome sauce and some make peanuts! My husband works with the Catholic schools in our area and doesn't make much either.
Mar. 26th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
I wish there had been teachers like this when I was in middle school and high school. I may have acutally finished because they would have given a damn to try to find out what was wrong with me, instead of asking me what illness I was going to fabricate this week or letting the kids bully me because I wasn't 'normal'.

Jokes on them, I scored higher on the GED tests than the seniors in HS they gave the test to, to have a baseline socre, and I was only 16 at the time. I'm in college now on the Dean's List, so f' em. :D

Mad props to this guy :D
Mar. 26th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I love this...I'd never seen the live version before, I'd seen this one:


Every word is perfect. Thanks for circulating it again.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
That's pretty damn awesome. Thanks for sharing it.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Taylor Mali does AWESOME slam poetry about teaching. Here are some more performances of his:

Miracle Workers

I'll Fight You for the Library

The The Impotence of Proofreading (Yes, that's the title!)

Like Lilly Like Wilson (This is about one of his students.)

Like, Y'Know?

Tony Steinberg: Brave Seventh_Grade Viking Warrior (This one may make you cry. I did.)

Mar. 26th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I've seen this before, but it's still awesome.
Mar. 26th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
That is so brilliant!
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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