Know Your Enemy
What good does it do to hide from people who don’t like you? Who don’t see eye to eye with you? Who don’t have your best interest at heart?
In large organizations, there may be something to be said for the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy. And we often think, as educators, “I’ll just go to my classroom, shut the door, and do what I want.”
However, what’s your goal? To hide? To be unseen? To be unbothered? Untouched? Unscathed?
If the values you display and demonstrate matter at all for the young people we serve, then you should not back away from defending or espousing those values.
Your goal should be to advocate for young people — and for those around you — the best way you know how. To do it strategically. To do it relentlessly. To be smart. To be ready.
You can’t accomplish this if you are hiding, or if you are ignorant about what makes those who oppose you, tick. Get out there. Get in the fray. Get to know your enemy. And then, stick — by your values — and stick around, and do good work.