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Taylor Mali —
born on March 28, 1965,
Taylor McDowell Mali is an American slam poet, humorist, teacher, and voiceover artist... (wikipedia)
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.
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.'
Teachers today are breaking down obstacles, finding innovative ways to instill old lessons, proving that greatness can be found in everyday places.
The best teachers that I had were always the ones I never wanted to disappoint.
One of the most important things that teachers teach students is you, you can work harder. You are mentally tougher than you think.