PRESIDENT'S BLOG: Am I crazy to blog?


11/4/2010

I have decided to write a blog. Some have called me crazy saying things like, “Why would you want to put yourself out there only to hear from tons of people who think you are truly crazy just because of an opposing point of view?” Good question…

Here is my answer. The uncivilized discourse in our country over any issue actually invokes a visceral response in my body. As a child, I remember my parents and their friends having wonderfully deep conversations with opposing points of view and no one felt ridiculed or belittled, and they all continually respected one another and remained the closest of friends. I long for those days.

I hope that my thoughts do provoke conversation and discourse. That is how we become better teachers, leaders, citizens, parents, sons and daughters. That’s how the great inventions of the world came to be. It is only through reflection and challenging questions that ideas get perfected.

I am a teacher. Most of my life has been spent with seven year olds. They are the greatest teachers of respect for diversity and opposing viewpoints. Megan, my second grade student, said, “Mrs. G, I think the ‘eyes of the heart’ see better than the ‘eyes on our head.’” So let’s begin this conversation by remembering the words of a seven year old and have our head and our heart in our dialogue with one another.

Comments

UEA Staff

Date Posted: 11/24/2010 11:43:35 AM
Name: ShortTimer

Sharon, Great topics on your blog. I, too, agree that discourse in our country-particularly in the political spectrum-has become very negative, even hateful. I long for reasoned debate focused on the issues that are so important to our country. I'm proud to be a UEA member and to know that the UEA focuses on the issues that affect our students and our public schools. Regardless of one's political leanings, the UEA works on issues that are important to educators and schools. Thank you for your great leadership!

Ms.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:55:15 AM
Name: Cindy Carroll

Out of the mouth of babes! We owe it to the generations that follow us to set the example of constructive discourse. It's easy to point fingers at any one person or group and say "you're the problem." It's much harder to look in the mirror and ask "what is my contribution?" I am grateful to you and the example you set for all of us!

UniServ Director

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 9:43:05 AM
Name: Pat Rusk

I agree, Sharon. We must find as many venues as possible to reach our members and through them, the broader community. I understnad the challenges you face in your position and salute you for this added effort! Come on, everyone...chime in!

Ms

Date Posted: 11/17/2010 12:34:09 PM
Name: Cheryl Dearing

You are the cutest "pit bull" I have ever seen. (Kory's comment @ CLP)

 

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