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Best quote from Gwendoline Christie: “I am still a person with a sense of superficiality that I’m trying to challenge. I hope that it makes us examine exactly what “unattractive” is. Perhaps it’s not the conventions that we have or the blueprint in our minds. And if it makes people question for a minute what unattractive is, and the way in which we may respond as people to what we think unattractive is, then it’s worthwhile.”
“Fear of failure is not a big issue for most kids going off to first grade. Their life is not yet framed with questions of success and failure. Even after a year in kindergarten where their mission was to make friends, create, do fun things, and learn as much as they can, the concept of failure isn’t really on the brain, much. Unfortunately, most schools try to change this.”
“Instead of robust public education, we have Mr. Zuckerberg’s “rescue” of Newark’s schools. Instead of a vibrant literary culture, we have Oprah’s book club. Instead of investments in public health, we have the Gates Foundation. Celebrities either buy institutions, or “disrupt” them.”
“In hindsight, it’s ridiculous that I felt my choice of major somehow reflected my value, just as how my decision to come to a state university affected how I felt in comparison to my friends at private schools. I am ashamed to admit I once thought Maryland was below me, and I am ashamed to admit I thought English was a selfish, indulgent choice of study, as though I was less noble or helpful than my friends in engineering or biology.”
“The phrase, “we don’t do that here,” involves a deliberate choice of words. The messaging is key. “Here” withholds judgment about whether the behavior would be appropriate elsewhere; “we” enforces the idea that the school is a community, rather than shaming or excluding the individual from that community; and the overall message is straight to the point, reinforcing that school is a place where certain behaviors are expected.”
“[Many students don’t learn about climate change in any of their classes…] It’s a part of science and a part of education that is lacking in the curriculum right now. No one has changed the curriculum in far too many years.”
“However, once we separate the passion from the profession, the actual profession lacks the sort of gratitude that would make it sustainable. America, let’s acknowledge teachers, both as caretakers and as professionals.”
I have long pondered a phrase I learned from a mentor: “Witness the struggle.”
As a career educator, I have a deep desire to help students and a strong tendency to offer solutions and suggestions. I want to fix their problems and tell them what to do. The wise words of this phrase offer a more powerful and profound answer to the part of me that thinks I need to rescue students. Its simple urging suggests that I be fully engaged and present, that I use silence to clear a space, and that I guard against telling students what to do. More often than not, students simply need to know that their voices count, that they have been heard, and that who they are matters.