Venting and ranting
Posted by Band Director on 8/7/2020, 11:34 am
I am sorry, but I need a moment here. |
I am really tired of the moral certitude of so many in the teaching profession over what we are going through. I read and hear so much about the irresponsibility of our leaders. And I understand, sometimes they do things differently than I would do. But I also think, as silly as these leaders can be sometimes, that they are flawed human beings (just like you and me) trying to make extremely difficult decisions with imperfect information. To stand there and say that you know what's best and that you are absolutely right in this uncertain time is just not helpful.
I hear what some very young teachers/band directors say (some of whom can't even create success in their own classroom) about the ineptitude of leaders and I think to myself "you have no idea what you are talking about because you have not been at that level of leadership ever."
Again, I am not defending the decisions of our leaders. I disagree with some of them. But I also understand that no answer these days is the right answer. I understand that I am a professional that I will be there when asked to do a job and I will do it to the best of my ability. As difficult as things are, I am grateful for the things I have that so many people don't (a home, a job, a wonderful family, my kids). And because I am grateful to have a job, I will be there to do it.
And I don't think I am alone. I think many teachers feel the way I do, but are afraid to say it because of the moral certitude of others in our profession. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I am alone in how feel. But I do believe it is the right way to go forward.