It's my cardinal rule, sad but true--never, EVER, read the comments. Have you ever noticed that all the crazies, especially on Yahoo News, expose their lunacy in the comment section?
I tell myself 'don't even look; it's not worth the pain.' Yet, I broke my own rule yesterday. I thought it was safe when I clicked a beloved facebook page's comment section. The post was about teacher solidarity after all. I was sure the comments would be a rallying cry for educators, students and the community supporting the striking teachers in Seattle.
Enter Jeff's comments:
Punched in the gut. Wow! Are there people who truly still believe teachers are mere servants, sans the prefix public, who think "striking is a great way to avoid the struggle ...Your strike is taking up police resources. Hope the kids who are at home unsupervised don't need any assistance from police."
How much you wanna bet Mr. Jeff has never volunteered in a school to see some of the hardest working professionals in action: teaching, learning, consoling, grading, meeting, healing, hugging, loving, scolding, etc.
How much you wanna bet Mr. Jeff doesn't have teacher friends who always have to cancel dinner dates or decline party invites because they have too much work to do: always work.
How much you wanna bet Mr. Jeff can remember at least one of his teachers who inspired him through words or actions: real heroes.
Like many of the comment section regulars, he must live in an alternate reality. He does not understand the breadth of our work or our current educational challenges, but he thinks he gets it and that's dangerous.
I wish everyone was a supporter of education or educated themselves before they espoused erroneous beliefs, but alas all I can do is affect my little world and hopefully teach my students to be thinkers unlike poor Jeff.
Comments welcomed here:)
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