Refuse. Resist. Rebuild.
I was working at a service the other day and the children would come running up to their educators repeatedly and tell them of all the trespasses against them – “Sarah hit me!” “Xavier took my car! I had it first!” “Thomas said he’s not my friend.” We’ve all heard these statements.
They are responded to with well rehearsed often used suggestions of: “Well, go tell Sarah ‘Stop it, I don’t like it’ ” (with the obligatory ‘stop’ hand gesture) or “Tell Xavier you don’t like it and you’ll give him a turn when you’re finished” or “Be nice, we’re all friends at Happy Sunshine Rainbow Bumble Bee Honey Pot Kinder Early Learning Child Care Centre.” I’m sure that we have all made these or similar responses.
I’m not knocking the teaching strategies. I’m knocking the hypocrisy.
Those very same educators will turn around and complain about a member of the team to their mutual colleagues. They will go to their supervisor or manager to complain. They want to get in first with their side of the story, or they simply want someone else to fix their problems for them. They don’t want to take responsibility and be a pro-active member of the learning community.
I’ve witnessed firsthand these educators who don’t deal with their conflicts themselves. They don’t approach their colleague with whom they have the issue and say the adult-non-confrontational-I-statement-grievance-procedure-version of “Stop it, I don’t like it.” And they certainly aren’t all friends at Happy Sunshine Rainbow Bumble Bee Honey Pot Kinder Early Learning Child Care Centre.
I wonder, does it ever occur to them that the rules should apply to them?
What would happen if we all practiced what we preach on a daily basis?
© Jeanne de Clisson 2014
Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates. Refuse, Resist, Rebuild.