Just Because They're Being a S**thill Doesn't Mean You Have To
The school shooting in Florida really threw me for a loop. So much so that I took a break from blogging and social media for a while. It's very upsetting as a teacher to see a school shooting happen, again. Even worse, however, are the idiots who come out of the woodwork to add their two cents on social media. There was so much ignorance and malice. My initial reaction was to tell them how wrong they were, to put them in their place with my wise, witty words about what education, educators, and even society really needs. I burned through paper writing rough drafts that would cleanse the internet of ignorance. But then I heard that voice telling me how things really should be handled.
It's not my conscience. It's Gram. She said to me just like she'd done many times in the past, "Jennie Gal, just because they're being shithills doesn't mean you have to."
And just like that, I knew that writing the most eloquent, persuasive, manifesto on our broken down, stupid system would only be adding my shit to the pile. It wouldn't change anything. I stepped away from the shithill. That doesn't mean I'm not going to fight for the safety of students. It just means that I'm finding better, more powerful and intelligent ways to affect change. Thanks Gram.