Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about my previous post and a lot of my frustrations with education. Although I do not have any answers, through my recent internet binges, a few things have stood out to me that I would like to share. The first is a Ted Talk called "How to speak so that people want to listen" by Julian Treasure. I like it because only once in my life have I noticed someone who had an amazing way of making all sorts of different kinds of people listen to him, and what I learned was he follows almost all of these rules. Who knew? I could definitely use some practice in this!
The other gem I found today also happens to be a Ted Talk about "How to make hard choices" by Ruth Chang. As I struggle with my own career decisions, such as whether to stay in public education or to risk doing something else, her ideas about creating reasons for making decisions based off the kind of person you want to be was incredibly powerful.
At some point during my internet binge I found myself reviewing my tweets over the past year. One of them in particular stood out. It said
"Keep Believing in Good things,"
I had posted it a little over a year ago when I had a conversation with ironically the person who has a way of talking where people listen (who I mentioned above). He spoke these words to me and I really held on to them because I wanted to believe good things would happen. It was at a time when I was really unsure and doubting my role in education. I had this idea that there was just all this awfulness and I can't justify being part of something I consider so awful. It was (and continues to be) a struggle.
But at least for today and maybe tomorrow, I will keep believing in good things as I make decisions deciding the kind of person I want to be.