In my last post, I griped. I know that I did everything in my power to solve the hurdles put in front of me so that I could do my best for what really mattered: the students. It wasn’t about my ego, my getting applause (they had to drag me out of the back, but the kids gave me a really nice bouquet of flowers!), or anything like that.
So, the title: I feel that we do all have the right to gripe in the face of unfair and unsafe situations, but then: what do you do about it? Do you just post your gripe then walk away? Are you afraid to say how you really feel, or take action, and in that fear and complacency allow things to continue on as they have been, destructive as they are?
I really feel we need to focus on solutions to the problems, not wallow in the negative, toxic space that is created. It is easy to say No. Easy to say “I don’t like that idea.” Well, then, come up with one that will focus on the problem, not an agenda.
Arts-in-Education (AIE), the Arts itself, and education are under attack, and budgets are being slashed left and right. This is not news. I just feel that we should always be working together, not just when something ugly rears it’s head. When we forget things, and let it slide, and get complacent…they’ve won. Don’t think someone else will do it. They are saying the same about you.
What can YOU do to help the state of EDUCATION, and The Arts?