The truth is that the other day I felt challenged within my own thinking, but then I realized that it wasn’t really that my mind was being challenges, but that the mindset of the researcher role begins differs to that of the teacher practitioner. The researcher has an idea (s) and does all to try to prove that what exists within the minds eye is true, and of-course a very polite way to say *(&^ +&+(. to all who ridicule and try to push you down along the way. The teacher of course has ideas, but within the public service role, he / she strives to present these ideas to the students, to inspire their thinking, views, opinions and creativity.
This is the thought that came to mind when I thought about the George Floyd protests. When we begin to understand the formulation of social constructionism of race relations, an opinion or view begins to shift away from the aggregate. But this does not mean to say that a teacher could not hold the same views as researchers. Many teachers are also researchers and have pursued Masters and Doctorate degrees. What is essential for the teacher is to not force an opinion or a belief upon another. Which also speaks to the the development of the field of education that has grown away from the historic hurt of the mind, entitled as indoctrination.
Which is why even as I held a particular point of view about the global / worldwide Floyd protests, I think it takes a while to shift the mind back into the teacher mode of thinking once one has stepped into the researcher role. But what is brilliant about the educator is the ability to turn a challenge and various point of views into the teachable moment.
These thoughts were inspired by the recent twitter post where Tilman J. Fertitta met with community members at the Jack Yates High School, Houston, Texas, for the unveiling of the street mural to honour George Floyd.
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- George Floyd Protests
- RECLAIMING RELATIONS!
- REFLECTION II. THE PROTESTS.
- REFLECTION: THE PROTESTS.
- ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?
- A Q and A!
- WHAT ELSE MATTERS?
- THE TWO NARRATIVES!
- THE DAMAGE.
- POROUS BORDERS!
- MLK DAY.
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on February 9th 2021
My Thoughts To Share With Love & Kindness! 🙂