Sunday, June 22, 2014

An Opportunity to Learn: Attacking gets us Nowhere

I've been struck recently by the lack of civility in blog post comment streams, tweets, fb comments and other virtual spaces. Although I realize that being online isn't the "cause" of this incivility, I just wonder to myself as I read teachers and others attacking each other, "Would you say this to the person face to face?"

I have been called, with certain derision, a "do-gooder" in the past, so I realize that I might have a propensity for the rose colored glasses at times, but even when I make a comment with some level of disagreement, I speak/write with a specific intention: to create a constructive conversation, one that simply gets others to wonder a bit, open their minds.

Before we react, perhaps we can just take a moment to wonder about what is going on within us. What is our motivation for speaking up? Has something got us "seeing red?" If so, will our comment work better when we have calmed down enough to write a thoughtful, effective, yet from the heart? Does someone disagreeing with us have to threaten us? Maybe it can just be an opportunity for learning.


Michelle said...

Great post, Joan. Thanks for writing this. Very much needed.

John Spencer said...

So true. I have seen the sheer amount of vitriol and it's sad.

Polly Molton said...

It is evident that every educator wants his students to become clever and what is more important to preserve desire to study. There are so many college professors, who care about deadlines and grades, while students feeling this seek for online custom writing service to get desirable result. Very often both sides blame each other, but both are right. Hopefully, many educators will change their attitude after reading this post.