I love American Idol. I hate to admit it, but I do.
One of my favorite parts of the show are the train wrecks who attempt to belt out Christina Aguilera at the top of their lungs. They think they’re great – and they’re not. When you think about it – it’s actually kind of cruel. People have not been truthful with these poor souls and they are allowed to embarrass themselves on national television. I sometimes wish someone had been honest with them.
Crazy part is this. This scenario is played out in schools all the time. We are allowing teachers to do the same thing that these wanna-be idols do. When you think about it – it’s actually kind of cruel. People have not been truthful with these poor souls and they allowed to embarrass themselves in front of our children. I sometimes wish someone had been honest with them.
I have had several
arguments discussions over the past couple of months about having tough conversations with teachers. I know that these educators exist in most schools across the country and often times we are not honest with them. Why not?
When we’re talking reality television it’s at the expense of me laughing my ass off. When it is educators standing in front of a classroom it is at the expense of kids. That to me is unacceptable.
You see, I am a believer that not all people are cut out to be educators. I know first-hand that this profession requires a boatload of knowledge and skill to survive on a daily basis. When people don’t have it we need to be honest with them. We must remember that our capital is children.
As we head into a new year, be honest. Be honest with yourself, be honest with your colleagues – it is what our profession is in need of.
Remember… there is a lot at stake.
Mike Meechin, M.Ed.