For this post, I've decided to reference two blogs that I read today, both of which struck me in complete opposite ends of the spectrum. We'll call them rumble and humble. The first one might want to make you rumble, as it deals with political barriers. Reading the recent post on 2 Cents Worth 's blog, David Warlick brings up an excellent point that we are going to have to deal with as future teachers. Politics is in everything whether we like it or not, and it always seems to go against us. Warlick writes about politicians who make up the regulations and procedures that educators are supposed to follow; however, close to zero (if any) of these politicians have ever had firsthand experience at being a teacher. So how do they know what is best for the classroom? The school? The students? Some say that they don't, others may disagree. All I know is that it would be nice to have former teachers in politics to help draw up regulations for education. Does this make you want to go into politics? I've honestly thought about it.
Now we are going to flip the script a little bit. Now that you are all fired up over politics and how unfair it is, take a step back. This is the humble part. Vicki Davis is one of the inventors of the Flat Classroom Project and the author of the Cool Cat teacher blog (click her name above). But today I didn't read about new educational ideas, I learned about life. Vicki wrote about the little things in life and it really made me stop and think. I know that we are going to be educators and we are in school and have jobs and families and friends and everything else that pressures our lives but when it comes down to it, a breath of air is all we need. The little things in life are more important than the big ones, and we need to take a step back now and then and just take it all in. Read a book, eat some chocolate, go for a walk, watch a sunset, just... breathe and be thankful that you are in the position that you are in. Most of us can't change politics right now, but we CAN breathe.