Taylor Mali uses his standup comic routine to praise the value of teachers. Referencing the American preoccupation with what a person "makes," Mali describes a litany of the things he -- as a teacher himself -- "makes." He concludes with the most important of all: "A difference."


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  • Mayhew Preston Reese

    This whole video got me to stand up and clap while I cried at how awesome this message is! I am a writer, illustrator, book-binder and self-publisher of a series of Gothic Victorian children's books. I don't do it for the money, I do it for the love of changing, encouraging and opening young minds. People ask me how much I make doing it; now I know what to say.

  • Christine

    So right.... As a first year teacher, I can't even afford to pay back those college loans that I got me here. Teachers don't make money...but that's not why I chose my career.

  • JZ

    Great video! His enthusiasm can surely fire up anyone.

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  • Appreciate a teacher who's made a difference in your life.

  • Taylor Mali, the speaker in this video, says his mission in life is to create an entire generation of graduates to think about teaching before business or law.  Read more about him.

  • Read this poem "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer--and consider what you, too, might "make."

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