Why So Much Hostility?
Earlier this week, in our district and some others in the area, there were local bond elections. Some passed, some were defeated. My policy is always the same. I hope our community gets out to vote so our collective voice is heard. I encourage true debate, and respect the outcome and decision of the voters. For us, our bonds did not pass. The debate has ended, the voters have spoken, and it is time to get back to work.
I try to understand perspectives, and believe I have a grasp on the debate on local taxation. Some are opponents of public debt, others vote based on their personal budgets. Some are supporters of local government and see property taxes as an investment in the value of their homes. As voters go to the ballot box, I believe I understand both sides of the issue.
What I don’t understand, and have a genuine curiosity about, are the statements made against educators. There are passionate views on both sides of a debate in any election, and those who are on the victorious side should celebrate. However, after the last election, comments have been made such as “nicely done, way to show those teachers!” or “teachers and administrators are corrupt.” More comments include “maybe they could work a real day” or “cut the people at the top, they don’t do the real work.”
What makes our nation great is that everyone is entitled to hold and express their own opinion. As an educator, it is my job to be a role model and work to the best of my ability to understand the perspective of others. This viewpoint leads me to ask “why” those who make statements such as “where can I sign the petition against incompetent, overpaid administrators” feel the way they do.