From the Cardfightback Team: A healthy dose of good tidings to all educators and teachers out there in classrooms manning the trenches in the face of attacks from all sides. You are an inspiration to us all.
Whether from your students, your bosses, parents or senior executives, for all those teachers who have: been bullied, had bad things written about them, had emails ignored, had requests turned down, been blocked from getting a job, been fought for compensation, been lied to, been targeted for retaliation, been harassed for trying to gain some accountability, had your reputation poisoned, been put on fake performance management procedures, had information deliberately withheld from you, had your mental health questioned or any other number of deliberate tactics used by some people in positions of power – keep up the fight!
There will be many people out there who feel threatened by your new found empowerment and who will stop at nothing to make sure you don’t succeed. Remember that they love the status quo because it gives them a feeling of superiority and privilege. They don’t want you to fight back because it threatens their position. Common things we hear from contributors to this site are: “you brought this on yourself”, “you should just shut up”, “you’re ruining it for everyone”, “you’re the only problem in this school”, “you’re just a troublemaker”, “you’re just whining all the time”, “everybody hates you”, “you deserve what you get”, the list is long but they are all comments made to weaken your resolve and determination so that the status quo is resumed. Master doesn’t like dissent in the ranks.
Victim blaming can be powerful but only if you let it be so. Refuse to accept that which is wrong and continue to stand up for that which is right, no matter whose nose is put out of joint on the way. The more noise coming from certain quarters will let you know how well you are doing. If people are confident they are generally quiet.
So well done for seeing out another year and best of luck for those like us heading back into battle next year. We are here to help anyone that needs it, we don’t pick and choose because we know how dire the consequences can be. Happy New Year and let’s start with a bang in 2013!