Celebrate the steps

Updated: Mar 5

Teachers being vaccinated first is not fair.

I heard this the other day on a radio program.

Let’s face it. We all want to get back to normal but logistically, we have to do it in phases.

Whether schools have a hybrid model or are teaching face to face, it has finally come to the forefront just how impactful schools, and everything that goes with them, is.

My friend posted on Social Media of her nephew. He was dressed in character to do his biography book report on George H.W. Bush. I smiled, thinking back to book reports and how they enriched the lives of students.

Teachers help make chaotic life predictable. They allow for focus to be moved from the stress of a pandemic to mundane assignments. They provide the routines for both students and parents.

While we have tried to maintain a steady shoulder during this unprecedented time, we at Palanca Leadership, have put our mission on the back burner. Our question for teachers is, how can we help you?

Our meetings are virtual. Our goals are often squashed when we realize the fatigue with which educators must daily navigate. Parental angst is nothing new, but its intensification, due to ramped up frustrations in this pandemic life, has placed the target squarely on the backs of teachers. Students have lived with this reality too long.

How do we help you?

It makes me stop and wonder, if I ruled the world, what is one thing I could do to soothe the masses?

The first thing, I think I would do is remind humans that we must first do everything we can to understand the other side. Treating other people like we’d like to be treated.

This is a fundamental rule that can be found as far back as Matthew 7:12 in the Christian Bible, or within the Ethics of Reciprocity in others religious works. It is written during Confucian times prominently in Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, and ‘the rest of the world’s major faiths’.

But belief in God is not necessary to endorse it.

How do you feel when you have treated another human unfairly?

If you took away your thoughts of superiority and put all humans on an even field, what would that look like?

Why do we applaud the videos, where people are going out of their way to follow these rules?

Why don’t we try harder to put perspectives of struggling populations at the forefront?

We have got to do better as humans; to be better humans.

Instead of sharing damaging attitudes, stop and listen. The world is made up of millions of people.

Polarizing, complaining, or separating is not the answer.

Robert Waldinger says: “To lead a happy life requires people to be connected.”

Trust me, teachers are working hard.

Let’s celebrate that step to get back to normalcy.

Let’s start with them.

Thanks for listening and for all teachers out there, keep on looking ahead.

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