It’s easy to be negative and unmotivated but it takes some work to be positive and motivated. While there is no “off button” for those relentless tapes, there are things that you can do to turn down the volume and shift your focus from the negative to the positive. –Donna Cardillo
Stumbling across the above quote recently gave me pause. Why? Because I think that as of late I have slipped a bit in terms of focusing on the negative.
Now sure, I can justify it because almost all of the major media I mentally ingest has been focused that which is wrong with our schools. That which stinks. That which is abysmal, inexcusable and horrific.
And when I blog about these easy-to-spot elements of our schools, I can’t help but cop to the fact that I am feeding the fire. Which is ironic in a way because I genuinely believe I am working really, really hard to bring about positive, good things for kids, teachers and public education at large (albeit, in my own small way). Bringing positive, energetic, exciting and uplifting solutions to our challenges in schools – particularly as it relates to books and literacy – is the core focus of my career.
And I am convinced that it will only be through positivity that our schools will evolve into the kind of places we wish for them to be.
Of course, because I come at so many of this issues through a tone of “righteous anger” (my own description; other people might give it another name, something that is filled with four-letter words) it would be easy for me to try and rationalize my bloggish attention to these negative elements because hey, at least in my own head, I am wearing the white hat, right? Yet I think, when I reflect, I can do a better job of talking about what’s right, what’s good, what’s commendable and what’s deserving of celebration today.
Cause there’s a lot of it.
Sure, schmucks abound. But for every bozo about whom I can blog there’s at least an even amount of noteworthy folks who are doing good stuff day in and day out, right?
I mean that’s my biggest problem with NCLB anyway. So much energy is focused on what is wrong and so little celebrates that which is right.
So this month I am going to try and do better. I can’t promise permanent reform because roasting the butt heads is 1) a lot of fun and 2) a way that helps me stay sane in the midst of their onslaught of insanity.
But I do feel the airwaves are jammed right now with the negative so I am gonna move over to “a frequency less traveled”, a higher, more positive vibe.
Hey, I’m in California anyway, a land where pre-school teachers have nose piercings and eating granola isn’t considered good enough unless one is eating organic granola. Geography, I believe, is on my side.