Thursday, June 17, 2004

I have not read the book "Culture of Complaint," but I do agree with the title in principle. I know that my first reaction is often to complain, and I see it in others too.

For instance, at work, in the staff room, some wag has taken to writing anonymous, somewhat nonsensical messages on the board. Viz: "It's okay that we don't know where we are going, because no one is driving the bus."

If no one is driving the bus, either we aren't going anywhere, or we are about to meet our demise. Either way, that is a stupid quote attempting to say "We have no leadership." I disagree, but I think some people do not feel whole or spiritually fulfilled until they complain.

1 comment:

MC said...

Your comments from the previous post (from 2003 I believe) about your busy day teaching is turned off, so I thought I'd post here.

Dave Eggers has a new book urging higher pay and professional respect for teacher, and this kind of antecdote would probably be appropriate for the new book:

"Teachers Have It Easy, a new book by author and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers, teacher Ninive Clements Calegari and former public school teacher turned journalist Daniel Moulthrop, weaves together statistics and analysis with the voices of dozens of teachers from around the country to debunk myths about the profession, show the impact of low teacher pay on teachers, students and communities and explore solutions that have been implemented in cities across the country. The book, which comes out in June, shares both the joy that comes with one of the most rewarding jobs on earth and the struggles."