A Taylor Mali Poem for Parents and Other Grammar Police


Last year, I wrote on the challenge I face being both an English teacher/grammar stickler and a parent of teenagers. I feel an obligation, as all parents should, to help my children communicate well — to avoid the likes and ums and pronoun case errors that so abound in teenage conversation. But I also want my kids to know their dad listens to what they say, not just how they say it.

Taylor Mali is a former English teacher who has made a name for himself doing what is known as spoken word poetry. In the video below, he expresses this same idea with far more eloquence and passion.


I would have liked an English teacher like him.

Note: For those who are sensitive to such things: some of Taylor’s poems  involve some vulgarity (not this one). Consider yourself duly warned.


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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

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