I have noticed that many of the teachers I now follow state in their Twitter Bios, in some form or…
Tom Story
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So true Tom. If you put that disclaimer up and say something that might be construed as “career limiting” I am quite certain the disclaimer won’t protect you.

I think that there is a significant difference between posting something that is controversial or challenging to your organization and something that is unprofessional. Ultimately, how to we hear from marginalized voices if they are not safe to let us know?

The other day, I read one of Seth Godin’s blogs and he wrote about listening to the voices at the edges:

It happens around the edges
At any gathering of people, from a high school assembly to the General Assembly at the UN, from a conference to a rehearsal at the orchestra, the really interesting conversations and actions almost always happen around the edges.
If you could eavesdrop on the homecoming queen or the sitting prime minister, you’d hear very little of value. These folks think they have too much to lose to do something that feels risky, and everything that’s interesting is risky.
Change almost always starts at the edges and moves toward the center.

So if we shut down those voices because they aren’t safe to speak/write/communicate in some way what their experiences are, then we don’t grow.

It is an interesting conundrum.

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