protestFebruary 5, 2008
Okay. I’ve had it.
Today, my band conducted a sit-down strike in class. It was the simplest form of protest they could have managed. They simply sat on the floor, continued to play as normal, no unusual activity otherwise.
Their greivances: I’m too hard on them, and my grading policies are unfair. We discussed this at length.
I’d get really dramatic, but I’m wasted. These kids. Excuse me…my kids. Our kids.
Essentially, they felt they are being mistreated, and want something done about it. Fair enough. They also think that my decision to simply wait until they are done talking is not fair, because they just want to play. They also think I should let them select what music they are going to play.
Pardon me if this sounds belittling, but what do they know anyway. I didn’t go to school for five years to just hand over all the important music decisions to a bunch of second- and third- year music students! Besides, I just want them to sound good and do well. Is is so much to ask that they trust me in my decision making processes?
I’m not mad at them, I’m actually very proud that they stood up for something they thought was unfair and were willing to discuss it in a mature and listening manner. What smart children our students are! They even did the research to find out what the law says they can and can’t do in a protest. It was peaceful, mostly well-organized, and definitely part of taking hold of their own education! What more can we ask for in something like this?
Tomorrow, I’ll give my official stance on this. Right now, I’m trying not to have a nervous breakdown over the fact that they were protesting me! Okay, well, not me, but after all the struggle of just getting them to shut up, it seems like it is very personal. I’m working hard not to. Even the principal said it’s hard not to with something like this.
So, here I go, off to write an essay for the first time in a while. I hope all goes well tomorrow. What a teaching point, but what a pressure point.
P.S.- I can’t help but remember that this IS Black History Month. How apropos.