Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates

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Supportive comments only please

Grainne 20 07 14

A few times recently in facebookecechatworld I have seen people say they only want supportive answers to the questions they ask.

I don’t get it.

The internet is a big place. Some of these group have thousands of members. They aren’t all going to do things the same way. They aren’t all going to agree.

Why expect that you can pose a question, and then only get answers that confirm what you want to hear?

Why expect that you won’t be challenged? Why think there is no-one who may see it differently? No-one who may feel moved to disagree? No-one who cares enough to feel passionate about this issue?

We are supposed to be reflective. We are supposed to think about how we work. To think about why we do things the way we do. To question ourselves.

We are supposed to think that children deserve the very best of us. We are supposed to strive to be better, and then better again.

How can we do that by staying in our safety zone? How can we learn by having our practice and opinions simply confirmed?

Why do we think we have a right to expect everyone to be nice to us?

Improvement happens in the gap that opens up between what we do and what we realise we should be doing.

How can we find that gap by being complacent? How can we work out where we want to go if we only want to stay where we are?

It takes courage to sail out on this pirate sea to find a better place for our children to grow and learn. If you come across my path in your quest, I will greet you warmly and invite you to travel with me. But I don’t promise to go easy on you.

Gráinne Ni Mhaille

Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates

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8 comments on “Supportive comments only please

  1. Aunt Annie's Childcare
    July 20, 2014

    My own feeling is that people who ask a question with that sort of rider are really not worth wasting my time on. Scroll on!

  2. Aunt Annie's Childcare
    July 20, 2014

    Because life is too short, you know?

  3. Urith Shield
    July 20, 2014

    Some people on the sites do not have tact and common courtesy in their replies and nor are they always right. Yes we are passionate about what we believe and do in EC but some personalities exude rudeness and disrespect. The essence of an educator is to teach with respect. We all begin somewhere, we may shake our heads at some posts, but if we cannot respond to the question or issue not react. Sometimes we need to wait to gather ourselves before answering.

  4. Urith Shield
    July 20, 2014

    Sorry I made changes and made a mess of it trying to be clear lol, but I am sure u know what I meant.

  5. Urith Shield
    July 20, 2014

    Haha yes Annie that is what. I do now…scroll on. I rarely visit the sites now.

  6. Josephine Ahearn
    July 21, 2014

    Does the term ‘supportive comments’ necessarily mean comments that only confirm their stance? I have not read this on sights. Are people asking for their questions or queries to be answered by others? or asking for comfirmation of their stance on an opinion? I agree, you can be supportive while being critical. If you use the definition of supportive (caring, helpful and encouraging etc) aren’t you asking for critical reflection and critical comments? Do you think people misunderstand the term ‘supportive’ and should use something like “fluffy” or “ego boosting” instead?

  7. Tash Treveton
    July 21, 2014

    Again, you guys rock the Casbah…….

  8. Kerry Smith
    November 4, 2016

    A great critical reflection model that supports multiple perspectives is The Circle of Change revisited model of critical reflection.
    More info:
    http://www.candk.asn.au/sites/default/files/Research/Nexus/Kym%20McFarlane%20CK%20-%20%20Critical%20reflection%20Intensive.pdf

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