What teachers make


En un texto sobre “Innovative approaches to turning statistics into knowledge“, del que hablaremos otro día, los autores citan que en “el proceso desde percibir los problemas hasta tomar decisiones [de la información a la acción] típicamente consiste en un número de pasos, o sub-procesos, los cuales están basados en información y conocimiento; una importante parte de esta información es información estadística, que a menudo procede de fuentes oficiales”.
Ciertamente es así. Aunque habría que añadir qué papel tiene la emoción en esa información,y en ese conocimiento, para arrancarse a tomar decisiones y realizar acciones.
Taylor Mali parece un tipo difícil de presentar. De esos que les gusta usar un CV peculiar. Neoyorquino, representante de un movimiento llamado Poetry Slam, que surge en los años 80 en Chicago y que gira en torno a eso que se llama Spoken Word (habrá estado en el Spoken Word de Gijón?). Taylor entre sus proyectos más importantes destaca la tarea de haber convencido a 795 personas de ser profesores después de haber escuchado su trabajo: “What teachers make”

Aquí el texto traducido al castellano por Guillermo Marini (un poco más abajo el original en inglés).

What Teachers Make, or
Objection Overruled, or
If things don’t work out, you can always go to law school

By Taylor Mali

He says the problem with teachers is, “What’s a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”
He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about
teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests
that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.

Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite company.

“I mean, you¹re a teacher, Taylor,” he says.
“Be honest. What do you make?”

And I wish he hadn’t done that
(asked me to be honest)
because, you see, I have a policy
about honesty and ass-kicking:
if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

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.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won’t I let you get a drink of water?
Because you’re not thirsty, you’re bored, that’s why.

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something Billy said today.
Billy said, “Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?”
And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

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?

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