I think Rebel flatters us way too much. She was there too, ya’ know.
The UOO people do not mince words when they have something to say. To those of you who know me personally, I will offer the following example. Just imagine a pack of Pams, only more outspoken, less afraid and in all colors, shapes and genders. They are willing to sacrifice political correctness for results. Sometimes I watch their actions in awe and other times I am fearful of the reactions that are inevitable. Although much braver than me, the leaders share my desire to somehow deliver a message without being hated for its contents. An effective group can only walk that fine line for a while. Then, its members must decide to tone down their message for a wider appeal or remain strong and grow a tougher skin.
Rebel is a true friend and sister in arms. I’m always fascinated by her stories of special education run amok in Northern Virginia.
My UOO friends may offend people with their strong use of words, but they are brave enough to say them where people are most likely to respond instead of cowering behind the door of a teacher’s lounge. They are pushing buttons that should have been pushed years ago and forcing teachers to ask how much more of our profession are we going to compromise before saying, “Enough is enough!”
Come on people, let the fireworks begin already.
Yes, fireworks, great big illegal ones that’ll blow off your facial features. Our talk at the Peace and Justice panel was certainly productive. Although, I will say in as vague terms as I can: the moderation was very strange and awkward. Witnesses will back me up on that, it was very hard to have a conversation with folks, which is why most of it occurred after our time was up. If most conversations are conducted in this way, I can’t imagine anything getting done.