Does It Really Matter?

I registered on Twitter a few years ago, but didn’t use it very much.  I logged in now and then and interacted with a few people, but didn’t really see the point of it.

I stopped using it for about eighteen months.  During that time I got pregnant and had Vinay and have only just re-discovered it earlier this year.

I really wish I’d found some of the friends I have now during that time.  I’m sure my pregnancy and Vinay’s birth might have been a very different experience.

Twitter and blogging have offered me a solace of sorts.  They’ve offered a supportive community and I’m happy that I’ve made some good friends. 

Having said that, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve begun to feel a little disillusioned with it all.  I’m a ‘newbie’.  I’ve been blogging for about five months and still, I know, have a lot to learn.  But tweets I’ve seen and some posts I’ve read have made me wonder about a few things…

Mummy?  Blogger?  Mummy blogger?  Parent blogger?  Write reviews?  Don’t like to read reviews?  Blagger?  PR?  Really?  Does it *really* matter?

What’s the point of complaining about people using blogging prompts, bloghops and memes too much?  If they’re there and they’re relevant, why *not* use them?

Check your stats?  Once a day?  Once a week?  Once a month?  Never?  Great!  Want to know where you rank in Tots100 or Wikio?  Good for you!  Stats and rankings matter to some people.  Some bloggers want to know how they work.  What’s wrong with that? 

And while I’m at it…

Should some be telling others how or what to tweet or blog about? 

Does it matter if people retweet their #ff every Friday? 

Does it matter if people want to check their unfollowers? 

Does it matter if people use Triberr?

Shouldn’t people be allowed to do these things without being ridiculed, belittled and embarrassed?

There’s always the option of unfollowing, blocking and not reading!

We’re all adults.  We’re all different and we all have our own opinions.  And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with expressing them.  It’s natural and healthy to not agree with everyone’s opinions.  But don’t we need to think about how we’re expressing ourselves?  Healthy discussion/debate – perfect.  Trolling and being nasty – unacceptable.

People have a choice in everything they do.  Regardless of whether their choices are seen as wrong or right, boring or irritating, or even bordering on ridiculous – they are still *their* choices.  As long as they’re comfortable and happy doing what they do, who cares?

Leave them be.

Don’t judge.

Each to his own.

But that’s just my opinion.

The Type of Teacher Your Child Could Have…

Yesterday, while on Twitter, I saw a tweet from @Clairelouise82 saying: 

 

Claire Sarcone
Still spreading the word disgusting teachers thread is your childs teacher one of the 600?wp.me/plAS9-wq /via
Being a teacher myself (now a SAHM), I wanted to see what this was all about.
I clicked on the link, read the post and can only say that I was horrified by what I read.
I retweeted the post – I think people should be aware that things like this are happening in schools, and I received a response from @mummybarrow who was as disgusted as I was.  She very quickly found @timesed on Twitter and asked them if they were aware of the thread on their forum and wanted to know why it hadn’t been removed.  I have to say that I was quite impressed that they replied promptly, thanking @mummybarrow for bringing it to their attention and removed it from their forum.
HOWEVER, @timesed then tweeted her again and said:
The TES
 We’re sorry you’re offended, but our website is for teachers – a place they can blow off steam providing they don’t ID anyone.
People disagreed with this, say that these comments should have been in private.  When @mummybarrow said this, @timesed replied:

The TES
 Clearly we wouldn’t defend every comment. But if teachers defuse a situation with a joke it’s better than disciplinary action
I replied:

 

  I don’t think the student that is humiliated would see it as a joke.
No other tweets were answered by @timesed.
@mummybarrow went on to write this post.
I cannot express how disgusted I am by it all…  Not because the TES defended their members.  And not because these people posted their insults on an open forum.  So why I am so appalled?
It is because these people call themselves teachers.  A teacher is not meant to put down, humiliate or verbally abuse their students (no matter how old they are).  A teacher is meant to help boost self-esteem and nurture a love for learning.  
All teachers have bad days, I know that.  I’ve had enough of them myself.  And sometimes, the kids can be very difficult – I know that too.  But *never* have I spoken to a child in that manner.  I would never make them feel self-conscious or embarrassed.  Especially in front of their peers.
Sometimes a situation can be defused with a joke – but sarcasm and insults aren’t funny.  And if the matter were serious, and the student is being particulary difficult (and other ‘by the book’ avenues explored), maybe disciplinary action *would* be best?  Isn’t the child more likely to learn something from their actions that way?
I know I’m not over-reacting, I know many are as repulsed by the comments they have read.
Are teachers not receiving enough support?  Are students becoming more ‘in your face’?  Is behaviour getting more out of control?  Can *any* excuse even be accepted?  
How did this happen?  How did we get here?
The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter if the thread has been removed or not, these are the people in classrooms, calling themselves teachers.  Educating the future.