Just be yourself

I’ve been struggling for months – years, actually – to speak my truth regarding children and education without upsetting school teachers. It has never been my intention to undervalue the efforts of passionate and committed teachers, only to point out the pitfalls of the system around them. I was a passionate and committed teacher within this system myself for 8 years so I am acutely aware of the challenges involved in making a positive difference to children’s lives in spite of relentless government interference. Where would today’s children be without these resilient souls? We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for all that they do.

No matter which way I approach it, I do not seem to be able to avoid appearing to judge teachers when I criticise the school system. After all, they are making a choice to support it. This troubles me deeply. I am a sensitive and empathic soul. Nobody likes to feel judged or to have their purpose questioned.

Today I’ve reached the conclusion that it may be best to avoid mentioning school at all. Our greatest teaching is the example we set for others. From now on, my choice is to focus solely on setting a different example. People are either inspired by my example or they are not. Either way, I am being true to myself, and that is all that matters at the end of the day. Indeed, that is my overriding message to kids: just be yourself.



  1. May 23, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I know how you feel. Instead of fighting the good fight for those I left behind in the battle, for some, I’ve become an outcast. I’m glad some of us got out alive. I have only well wishes for those who remain, but I’m sad that some turn a blind eye and wish to ignore the harm the system is doing to our children.

    • David said,

      May 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Lisa. It is always reassuring to know that others have experienced what I have been through and feel the same.

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