It’s My Blog, so I’ll Rant if I Want to…

I need to rant, friends; despite knowing that in the scheme of things, my complaint might be trivial and my grievance trifling, I am annoyed and disturbed.

In the course of a work meeting last week, I was accused of being two things I know I am not: tied to lecture (instructor friends know how deep is this cut) and unwilling to “think outside the box.” It’s ironic that just last Thursday, a group of students thanked me as they left the class for “not standing and lecturing to us in a monotone voice.”

I know the accusation is false and was motivated by something not related to me, and yet it intrudes in my thoughts and nags at my spirit. It was a betrayal, kind of, for one, and for another, it is exactly the thing I strive not to be. I take pride in believing that I am an innovative teacher, one of the first to always take on new challenges, try new ideas, and seek the advice of mentors.

One other time (that I recall), I was judged unfairly by someone who came to a conclusion about me based simply on some comment I made, some honest assessment of my understanding of a concept. The person assumed I would remain as ignorant as I confessed to being—at the moment. I did not, and I raged at the injustice, to no avail.

I feel so frustrated and angry, and it occurred to me that I am angry because the whole situation is unjust, and I am (mostly) unable to defend myself or even counter the accusations. I wonder if that’s how it feels to be “other.”

Literacy Is a Political Act

During the last several weeks, students in my writing classes have been working on literacy narratives. I’m impressed by the good writing, the thoughtful reflections, and the introspection I’ve seen so far. Without exception, students seem to recognize the important of literacy–to-their-own-lives.

I found this piece (link above) on a Facebook feed, and I really wish I had written it myself. It’s dead-on, in my opinion. I think it will inform and reinforce what many students are thinking: literacy is an incredibly important and powerful force.

I’m proud of the work students are doing. This one’s for them.