Refuse. Resist. Rebuild.
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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