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12 June 2007 — What Do Teachers Really Make? (4)

It's been a long time now since Kris taught high school. Back then I used to joke that her students muttered behind her back, "Ms. Gates is such a bitch." The truth is I was proud of her. She did a damn fine job, and I could tell.

A few months ago I took a phone call at Custom Box Service form a young man in Chicago. We got to talking, and it turns out he grew up in Canby, and graduated from high school during the late 1990s. "Oh," I said. "Did you have Ms. Gates for chemistry or physics?"

"Yes," he said.

"She's my wife," I said. "I'm her husband."

He went from business-like to gushing in the space of a breath. "Omigosh," he said. "Ms. Gates was awesome. She was the best teacher I ever had." He raved about her, as do all of her students when I encounter them in real-life.

This video reminds me of Kris and her years as a teacher:


It also reminds me of a certain band teacher I know.

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Comments
On 12 June 2007 (11:24 AM), Denise said:

Teachers are our Country's most under-rated and under-paid resource. That was a great clip. Thanks for posting it.


On 13 June 2007 (08:33 AM), jenefer said:

I don't think good and great teachers are under-rated. They are well rated by the people who know, their students and parents of those students. Are they underpaid? The good ones are! Is there a way to appropriately compensate the good ones? I think the current system of lumping all teachers without specifiying their quality or impact will never allow the good ones to be adequately compensated. As always, the compensation for a good teacher is in knowing that they made/are making an impact on people's lives.


On 13 June 2007 (04:58 PM), Paul J. said:

I like this clip. I'm trying to figure out the context and audience. I can't imagine that it's for a teacher inservice (too edgy and confrontational) but I would love to have this guy come a "speak" at the next Portland Public Schools district-wide inservice (never happen) especially with the ending as it is.


On 15 June 2007 (09:26 AM), AdamD said:

It looks like a spoken word or slam poetry event. Apparently this guy is the tops in that arena.

He has a website:
http://www.taylormali.com/