Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm the Problem

We know that our education system is broken, and we all like to point fingers.

The business community blames the politicians for not making teachers accountable enough. Politicians take turns blaming each other. Television gets blamed for corrupting our children. High school teachers point the finger at middle school teachers, who then in turn point the finger at elementary teachers for not preparing students well enough. Teachers claim that parents aren't doing their job. Students are blamed for being lazy.  Everybody points their finger at somebody else.

I'm pointing the finger at me. I'm the problem. The system is broken because of me.

I need to do better.

Because, if everyone takes the attitude that it's the fault of parents, students, politicians, television, society, or anyone else other than themselves, nothing will change. There is only one person who's actions I can change.

Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, "Be the change you want to see in the world." If we all take his advice, stop pointing our fingers at everyone else, and point them at ourselves, we'll be just fine.

Stop complaining about what should be changed, and go be the change you want to see.


  1. Michael, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do just that during this entire school year thanks to a couple of colleagues who supported me in being "the change" without even realizing it. After 18 years of teaching, I'll never see things the same way again.

  2. Mrs. B/Lona,
    It's such a blessing to be surrounded by people who can keep us pointed in the right direction. It's natural to get negative at times, but having support to stop that negativity before it builds momentum is invaluable. Kudos to you and your colleagues!

  3. I have always loved Gandhi's quote! Thanks for the reminder! Let's continue to build that positive support among ourselves, Mike!!

  4. I think all the time and energy invested in pointing fingers can be put into working with kids. I agree.

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