There is so much negativity in our sector, it breaks our heart. There are good people starting to feel dis-empowered and discouraged, at the ‘mercy’ of the powers that be. But does it have to be like that?
Sure we have criteria, compliance and rules to adhere too. We don’t want our sector to be unregulated where ‘cowboys’ get free hand in the name of making money. There needs to be accountability, there needs to be a standard and there needs to be a governing body.
But just because that body says one thing does not mean we all need to jump in line.
The power of NO! And YES!
If something doesn’t feel right, lacks common sense or compassion, is out of line with kindness and does not go with your values and beliefs as a heart centred teacher, you have the power to say ‘no’ as much as you have the power to say ‘yes’.
Saying ‘no’ to a superior, be it a person or a body, is not easy.
Standing tall is no small feat. Standing tall in front of a giant like a governing body is daunting. But you know what? You don’t have to.
If saying ‘no’ is too hard, turn it around, and say ‘yes’.
Instead of going AGAINST this or that, you can go FOR that and this!
You don’t agree with children starting school at four, stand up for children staying in early childhood. You want to say no to a school based curriculum for under fives, then say yes to play.
You CAN make a difference, but you have to stand up for your "yes". Not against someone else actions, but FOR your beliefs.
The smallest of actions is better than the grandest of intentions.
As individuals, we can make a difference.
“I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.”
- Mother Theresa
It is in our power what we do!
In our own little backyard we can make a difference, and stand up… TALL!
As individuals we can be a change maker. We don't HAVE to blindly follow the masses. We CAN do what is good for our children.
Standing up TALL in our own centres is way more meaningful and powerful than moaning in a forum on Facebook from our arm chair.
For, not against, is what we need more!