I love to talk about education. It’s my passion. It’s what I do. I love to explore the complexities of the art and the machine of the science of learning. Then I love to tear them apart and try as hard as I might, to figure what worked and why it worked with a specific kid or a specific class.
But that’s my problem. I talk too much. I write my blog and express my opinions and too often, I’m met with acrimony from my colleagues. Not for the ideas, but for my willingness and want of expressing them. Sometimes the acrimony is blatant, “Here he goes again.” or “He’s just being a shit disturber.” But more often, it’s passive aggressive, it’s implied dissent, you know, the eye roll or the “Well…” shoulder shrug.
Now, I may be a little melodramatic about it, but I think there lies a major difficulty in the road ahead in education.
When teachers start to find our pedagogical voice, it is often tuned out by other teachers. Not by administrators or by parents, but by teachers.
I believe the road ahead requires a radical shift that must start with teachers finding their voices.
But as I find my voice, online in the edu-blogosphere or in the Twitterverse, I’m losing my voice in my school. I’m becoming more gun-shy when and with whom I get into it with. I don’t want to be the voice in the wind, yet, the more one says about change, that’s what happens.
So, how do I find balance?
If we want to see the education system we want, we must reclaim our voices and ensure the power of those voices around us are heard.
I do recognize the irony of posting this in the voicEd.ca collective.