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News at Home-Pissy Week
LOL! That title makes it sound like I had a bad week, and I so didn’t. I just had a lot of things happen that left me feeling really pissed off. And what’s really frustrating is that they were all situations where I felt like I had to hold my tongue. I hate that!
One situation, I actually should have spoke up but didn’t to keep the peace. But after talking to a couple co-workers, we decided the subject needed to be broached and we’ll be bringing it up at next week’s meeting. Here’s the situation. At our team PLC meeting, we were talking about our behavior concerns and one of my co-workers brought up a problem she was having with one student kissing another. Already I’m objecting to her approach to dealing with it because, while no – we don’t kiss people at school – they’re kindergartners, let’s not sexualize it! Kids that come from affectionate homes don’t necessarily understand that you can’t kiss just anyone you care about. But it got worse when it turns out the kissing is one boy kissing another. Again, she’s absolutely right to tell him he can’t do that at school. But she took it too far when she said, and I quote… “boys aren’t meant to be kissing boys.”!!!!
Y’all my whole body went rigid and I got so pissed. Which is why I didn’t say anything. I knew I’d be inappropriate in the heat of the moment. And thankfully the AP immediately interrupted her and said, “well, now we can’t be saying that. We could offend parents, because every household has their own view on things.” While I’m glad she put a stop to it and it was enough to make me stop at the moment, I really felt like the response wasn’t strong enough. This isn’t about offending parents. This is about teaching love versus teaching hate! It’s 2016 and it’s 100% legal in the US for boys to kiss boys – to marry, etc. And here she is a teacher, responsible for the formative years of a child and she may have just said something that will make this child grow up thinking it’s not okay and to hate gay individuals. Worse yet, what if he is gay? Maybe she’s just sown those seeds of doubt that could make it that much harder for him to accept who he is?
I don’t think she meant harm by it, but I also don’t think it should be left at “you could offend parents.” Hell, you could offend the people sitting here in the room with you!! And thankfully, I wasn’t the only one offended. One of my coworkers, who was sitting with me during the meeting, approached me afterwards and asked if I was ok. She said she’d felt me tense up and, because we’ve talked a bit, she knew my brother was gay and knew that I was probably pretty upset by the statement. She did speak up a little in the meeting, but also held back, trying to keep the peace. While we were talking, another of our coworkers came into my room and said, “ya’ll that shit was not okay! We need to say something. Please tell me you agree.” Phew! So here’s the deal – the three of us who were talking – we’re the three new teachers. So we’re all still testing the waters. But as we talked we agreed that this isn’t a testing the waters issue. This is a doing the right thing versus the wrong thing issue. So we’re going to talk to the AP on Monday, together and then from there hopefully we’ll be able to have a calm conversation with the team about why it’s such a big issue. Wish me luck! It’s such a great place to work, so I’m hoping they’ll respond like I expect them to.
I started my new feature yesterday – Books from Kinderland. I’m really excited about it and the logo Michelle made me. Isn’t it great?
I’ll be talking about the books I read in class from a teacher’s perspective, as well as books that I’m reading about teaching Kinders.
I’m excited to get started on Blog Ahead next week – hoping I can get the full 31 days worth of posts because I hate feeling up against it!
After I get paid this week, finally!!!, I will be resuming my gym membership 🙂 Can’t wait to start doing yoga and resuming zumba!
Last Week on the Blog
- [18 Sep] Sunday Post | So Tired!
- [19 Sep] What I’m Reading September 19, 2016
- [20 Sep] Top Ten Audiobook Narrators
- [21 Sep] Dark Debt by Chloe Neill ★★★
- [22 Sep] Do you have blog commitment issues?
- [23 Sep] Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2
- [23 Sep] A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper ★★★★
- [23 Sep] Undead Sublet by Molly Harper ★★★½
- [23 Sep] The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper ★★★★
- [24 Sep] The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey ★★★★★
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | Pissy Week!
It’s Monday, What are You Reading?
Ten books on my fall TBR
Midnight Marked #review
Can you Stop anywhere?
Just a few Half-moon Hollow Books I read | Pt 3
Get Even by Gretchen McNeill | My TBR List Review & October 2016 Voting (I’m combining because I didn’t manage to finish my book in time)
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