Thursday, October 18, 2007

Taylor Mali on what teachers make

you totally need to watch this. this man speaks not only for the teachers, but for anyone who loves, and works, to make the world different and better.

7 comments:

Meris said...

YES!!!! He's the MAN!!!! We need more people and more teachers like him in the world.

nonprofitprophet said...

I just forwarded this too my entire staff! ~npp

Anonymous said...

I agree with your statement about teachers that love and work to make a student better. But for every teacher like that, I would wager that there is one who could care less for the student and their future, their parents, and the school system they work in. I am sure you have questioned whether every teacher your children have had lived up to your expectations of what makes a good teacher. Much like, does every pastor or church live up to God's expectations. I would think you would say no.

What makes a teacher go bad or lose the desire? Parents, their brats,school systems, living the union existance, and parents.

journeyingrick said...

yep, anonymous. you're right. many, many teachers go wrong. they get tired, burned out, angry. maybe they went into teaching because they thought that would be safe from the bigger world. maybe they went into teaching because they wanted power over less powerful people, or out of ego. maybe they really are those who can't do. sometimes teachers are just like anybody else - sometimes beautiful, sometimes small and cruel.
but my hope in posting this was to encourage those who dare to make a difference in the world, to stay strong.
still, it's a shame, isn't it, how many bad teachers are out there - hurt people who hurt people. they piss me off, make me sad and mad. and they do a lot of awful damage.
that's why i became a teacher 20 years ago - to make a difference, since so many teachers are awful.

anonymous again said...

Isn't it one of your heroes, MLK, who said judge men by the character and not by the color of their skin. Maybe that applies to professions as well. Judge people in their professions by their character versus the label of the profession itself. Otherwise all politicians and car salesmen are going to hell and all doctors, nurses, and teachers will be the only ones going to heaven. Crap, I am f'd.

nonprofitprophet said...

Most of the teachers I know are very good and do way more than most people realize. This guy was preaching to the choir because it resonated with them. Having also been in the profession (and a few others) there are some folks who don't need to be teaching. Like there are some folks who don't need to be a pastor, a cop, a customer service rep, a politician, or whatever it may be. One of the biggest burnouts that is common to all of these jobs is bureaucracy that literally "sucks the life out you". Any attempt at actually teaching, or pastoring, or policing, or whatever is hampered by legalities, regulations and policies. Its no wonder nothing gets done. Yet - there are still those among us who are idealistic enough and haven't been beaten down by the system who still try. Try to make a difference. And as long as they are out there - I'm helping them. ~npp

journeyingrick said...

amen. there are still those among us.



and ...

very few people need to be pastors.

i'm serious.