Saturday, April 4, 2015
Saturday Sayings: Validation
I rarely see commercials, but about a week ago I caught one I wish I hadn't. Simply put, it told Idaho that I'm not a competent teacher and the children in my classroom are getting a below-parr education. Fortunately I don't remember specifics or even the name of the organization who sponsored the add or their motivation for spreading this ugly news across my state. Sadly though, numbers and statistics sound convincing to the listener without proper background knowledge, and too many will most likely believe that indeed the children of this state are doomed.
I shook it off fairly easily, and that's partly because I think I have a knack for doing what Burgess advises. I've always kept my nose to the grindstone so to speak when it comes to educational politics. Those who know me best might even say I keep my head in the sand, and there's much truth to that too. (My educator family members had to tell me which state superintendent to vote for.) I don't necessarily recommend my extreme type of ignorance when it comes to what's being said or decisions being made "out there" in regards to education, but I also don't know that the benefits of reading every article, listening to every newscast, or being in the middle of each heated argument about education outweigh the negative residue or unrest that accompanies those situations.
Even I can assemble the puzzle pieces and see that there seems to be a lack of understanding and support for teachers these days, and it's not the best timing either. With all the curricular changes being made in schools across the nation, a few extra pats on the back might be nice. I can only control what I can control though, so I hypothetically close my door to all the nonsense and simply teach. Huddled together with my 23 little ones in the safety and sanctuary of my room is where I find my validation.