Popeye the Sailor Man is famous for saying “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more,”
There is a moment in everyone’s life that we all have a Popeye moment. A person can have many different “Popeye moments” in their life, job, relationships, with friends or any other part of your life.
It is time for educators in the State of Texas to have that “Popeye Moment”. Are you a teacher whose day starts about 5:30 am and ends at midnight 6 days a week? Do you have more than 140 students on your class roster? Do you have apathetic students? Do you have apathetic parents? Are you tired of the high stakes testing where the schools are the only ones being held accountable? Do you feel likely the skinny guy on the beach that keeps getting sand kicked in his face?
Then you are ready for a “Popeye Moment,” a moment when you are ready to act in a manner that will cause a change to the current way of doing business. It is at this point that a huge question mark forms over your head. You know it is time to act but you’re not sure how or what to do.
It is like eating an elephant, you eat it one bite at a time. You cannot eat the whole elephant in one bite. The first step is to start eating small bites.
If you have a long journey and the only way you can get there is to walk, then you get there by putting one foot in front of the other.
As educators we fall into one of two groups:
1. Part of the solution
2. Part of the problem
Here are some small steps that all of us can take and should take:
1. Vote during each election
2. Vote against any elected official that does not support education
3. Write your elected officials until they are tired of hearing from you, then write some more.
4. Join/support an activist group like Save Texas Schools
5. Start writing a blog to express your opinions, make your voice heard.
6. Focus your discontent towards our state government in Austin. The local school boards and leaders are just working with what they have been given.
7. DO SOMETHING
8. DO SOMETHING
David R. Taylor
25 Year Teacher, Coach and Principal