I Think It’s Called “Having A Chip On Your Shoulder”
Everyone is talking about education lately. Everyone. I’m in a local coffee shop- people are talking about how boring classrooms have become. (Their solution? More photography. I love photography but, wha?). I’m at Whole Foods about to blow my wad on three items with fancy yet irresistible labels- people are talking about report cards and how it’s ridiculous that they actually have to go to the school and get them from their child’s teacher. I’m waiting in line at the deli (a.k.a. the fourth circle of Hell)- people are talking about the behavior management system in their child’s class.
And my gut reaction to all of this? To boldly insert myself into their private conversation and ask what qualifies them to have this conversation, to judge the way we do things.
Think I have a chip on my shoulder?
Don’t answer that.
I guess these days I just assume people are going to shit on teachers. I assume they are going to complain without pausing to recognize what is working. I assume they will be all critique and no constructive thought. I assume they’re going to blame it all on the teacher.