I noticed “The Professional Pushes Back” post on Seth’s Blog being shared on Twitter, but I didn’t get around to reading it until I read Doug Peterson’s post and expansion on it to include teachers and invite further thoughts. Doug asked:
- Do you consider yourself a professional?
- Give an example of how you pushed back in the manner that is used in the original post
Soon after, I read Aviva Dunsiger’s post in response to Doug’s post. She took on the challenge to post about ways that she has pushed back as a teacher. She ends her post inviting and questioning how other members of the school community push back,
If pushing back means helping children more, I’m happy to push back. What about you? Educators, administrators, and parents, how do you “push back?”
Whether a professional or not, I am sure it isn’t an easy task to push back within a school system. Pushing back can be met with disagreement and conflict. I am sure I have a blog post or two where I have stated the worth of collaborating with parents to help create and support change. The conversations aren’t always easy, but parents might be able to push back in ways that an educator might not be able to — or together they can make even more of an impact. (Some related points in this UK article here) I think it might be best to have a supportive team of mixed roles and voices when it comes to pushing back in education. Aviva extended the conversation to administrators and parents. I noticed that trustees weren’t mentioned, but I think they could be a part of push back efforts too. It has always been my hope that education stakeholders could work/push back together, but maybe individual efforts and leadership are still really needed and important. Do these individuals get the support they need?