Taylor Mali: Speak with Conviction

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.  I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face. How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best. – Taylor Mali

You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder, I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them write, write, write. And then I make them read. I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful over and over and over again until they will never misspell either one of those words again. I make them show all their work in math. And hide it on their final drafts in English. I make them understand that if you got this (brains) then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you give them this (the finger). Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: I make a goddamn difference! What about you? – Taylor Mali

What was his unique style or personality that set him apart from everyone else?

* Conviction * Fearless *Original *

I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you, I challenge you: To speak with conviction. To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it. Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker, it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY. You have to speak with it, too. – Taylor Mali

What has happened to our conviction? Where are the limbs out on which we once walked? Have they been, like, chopped down with the rest of the rain forest? Or do we have, like, nothing to say? Has society become so, like, totally . . . I mean absolutely . . . You know? That we’ve just gotten to the point where it’s just, like . . . whatever! – Taylor Mali

1 Discussion on “Taylor Mali: Speak with Conviction”
  • I have read this post at least ten times now, and everytime it manages to give me a well-deserved kick in the rear, and a well-needed shove forward. One of my favourite posts, and in my honest opinion, one of the best. Bravo!

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