Interestingly, I would rather have a kid challenge me directly and openly than one who foments undercurrents of subterfuge. I kind of love the big mouth ones; at least I know where they are and can address that. I am not employed as a teacher, but have worked with teens in several capacities over the years of my own kids growing up (coaching, volunteering, working with teen moms etc). The ones who whisper in secrets, and put on a pleasant face, are the more dangerous IMO. Those are the harder ones to reach.If you are upset with the way your teacher runs a class, you can be assured that you will not get results by challenging them publicly.
I agree that - of course - there's a time for privacy. "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar" - we all know that. The teen years though are hardly a time to expect some kind of nuanced Fe style approach, wouldn't you agree?
It's a huge reason why newspapers were created, to give voice to things unseen and unheard. It's why too journalists have a code of ethics, to verify sources and stories prior to publishing.I lived in a community for five years that didn't have newspapers to report crime or corruption. I agree that this was detrimental. However, you might agree that publishing something in a newspaper without checking the facts or getting the story from several people first privately might be unethical.
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I would rather err on the side of brash openness than allowing harmful secrets to remain hidden.
There is nothing "screw them anyway" about what happened next. Of course I still cared about everyone.
See, it was a surprise to me that when I was doing the "right thing" I was asked to leave. There wasn't a moment that I thought that would be the outcome! It seemed so obvious and easy to address the issue.
I did write a letter to the corporate offices after though - and from reports I heard, they leased a whole new storage area in the back of the mall so that stock wouldn't be crammed in so unsafely.
So, the thanks I got - nothing. But I was pleased that even though things didn't perhaps work out best for me, that change did start to happen.