Industry Rule #4082: Rule #4080 Applies to Education, Too

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I wonder how inactive and paralyzing it is to the school system when, superficially, we exude some form of pleasantry and quietness that many may mistake for some sort of sterility, at least on the part of the relationships within the building. For those who’ve had any experience within a school, I’m here to quasi-report that not only is there far too much gossip in schools, but that even what some consider honesty is just another form of sullying someone, and that’s far from cool. Too many adults in our school system act like children when it comes to this, in an environment where we often discourage the gossip. It’s one thing if you’re just openly reflecting on an incident and it’s not a private issue, or if you’re talking about an situation in terms of the idea and not the person, and quite another to straight up pass untruths or fabrications, knowing you may not say it to the person’s face if confronted by what you’ve heard.

Personally, I’ve come across it. I barely stepped into my “lateral move” without saying so much as a word and the gossip and disdain overflooded. I’m not going to let any of it affect my positive attitude nor will I let it discourage me from doing what’s best for my particular students. I’d prefer to be focused on helping the students instead of acting too much like them.

Jose, who credits A Tribe Called Quest for the re-interpolation of my blog title …

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. jon wortmann

    I work in businesses, non-profits, and help run a summer program at a school in Worcester, MA. The gossip is everywhere. The “No Drama” mantra makes it possible to never worry about the mischief makers and the people the who don’t have their eye on making other people’s lives better.

  2. KikiCatt

    Untruths and fabrications in any situation are never good and when they are specifically toward a particular person, it is always hurtful. Teachers are role models and set the standard. For you to keep your distance from harmful gossip keeps you above the rest – someone that kids can look up to. Kids need that in today’s world more than ever.

  3. Tara Betts

    Rule #4080 definitely applies to poets! You already knew that though. Kudos on the new position though, and I’m hoping the best for you on the gig.

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    Jose

    I would love to develop a “No Drama” mantra for the entire school. Or for that matter, an entire culture that’s supposed to “help” people or serve “the people.” The idea of teachers as role models is nice, but it’s just not what’s happening (and dare I say, it’s not realistic?).

    And Tara, I have a poem for that. I don’t know where I’m reciting it, but watch. Juuuust watch.

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