The incredible Taylor Mali: “I’ll Fight You for the Library!”

I’ve been a Taylor Mali fan for quite a while.  He’s a teacher / performer / slam poet whose poems depict the triumphs, joys, frustrations and defeats of the teaching profession.  Take a look at this YouTube Video, in which Mali tells what he describes as the true story of the e-mails sent to an administrator by a teacher irate at being denied access to the school library. It’s funny and moving all at once. 

I love the fact that this is a YouTube video (shiny visual social media) of a live performance (the original storytelling media) about an e-mail message (digital again!) from a teacher whose students are denied access to books (those papery objects that preceded iPods and Kindles.

You know, the stuff Cushing Academy discarded 🙂


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