|Stag at Sharkeys - George Bellows. Cleveland Museum of Art|
I spent the morning with some teacher friends having coffee and discussing how we all felt about the upcoming year in relation to how we're feeling after the end of a relaxing summer. One of my friends shared that she was working on implementing a more taoist approach to the school year. And as we talked we found our way into thinking that one of the keys to stay sane in these times is to consider your framework, your approach to things. I, of course, couldn't help but frame the upcoming school year as a fight. That's what it feels like, like the picture at the top of this post. It's not really about fighting people as much as it is about fighting against ideas that are incredibly entrenched. My friend told me that I had the framework all wrong. She said it was more of a process than a fight. And that I'd do a lot better, mental health-wise, to see our work as evidence of the change that I think I'm fighting for and then to step back and let the work speak for itself. I know she's right, and I'm so thankful for such great advice from a great educator. So why can't I shake this feeling like it's round 7 and I'm down on points?
I'd be interested in knowing how other people see it. Is education reform a fight? Should it be? Is it a process? Can/should we "push the river"? This is one I'd really like to hear back on.