This past weekend Saturday Night Live ran a really funny sketch called “Mr. H” starring James McAvoy, and it began with a quotation from my poem “What Teachers Make.” And they even used my name! I had no idea that this would happen in advance, nor do I have any idea how they came to decide that the skit would be improved by an epigraph.
Actually, since the whole premise of the skit is to turn on its head the cliché of the white teacher doing inspiring work in the ghetto school, I suppose starting with a line from an inspiring poem about the nobility of teaching helps to lead the audience in the wrong direction. But they could have used any one of a hundred other quotes about teaching and education! It’s a very funny sketch and I am honored to have my name tied to it now forever on YouTube.