What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

The stopgap federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday almost certainly spells the end of federal funding for more than a dozen education programs, at least for two weeks, quite possibly for good. #

It’s been a rather dark month for public educators.  Important ideas and organizations I and others hold dear are under attack.  At this moment, it would be so easy to let the angry voices win, to rage and fume and fuss and whine and complain and surrender to the rhetoric that makes teachers out to be the bad guys.  And the thoughtful stuff that we believe in to be a distraction. #

  1. Everything old is new again.  Things look dark for PBS and NPR rather cyclically. []
  2. This was fifteen years before I would spend afternoons with him and my mom on the old corduroy couch. I miss those days. []

16 thoughts on “What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. I haven’t been able to figure out what I wanted to do with my mad. Hearing Mr. Rogers’ voice brought back the special childhood moments he gave me. It reminded me that that is exactly what I am wanting to do in this profession. I’m going to remember his words in the midst of this dark time.
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  2. It is nice to see the good guys prevail once in awhile and elected leaders listen and be inspired…more of this needed today

  3. Thank you Bud for this…
    I posted a snarky comment on Facebook about public employee unions: bad but NFL players union: good, which created a mild stir. But the mad feeling is there for both. What has happened to our priorities? Why I am I in this basket and where am I going?
    It is a sad day…

  4. What a wonderful reminder that everything, including how we respond to the feelings that well up inside of us, is controllable by choices. It is hard to imagine a time (as in this video) when the whole world had not heard of Mr. Rogers or his neighborhood of care. He is sorely missed in education television.

  5. When I was angered by the realities, my uncle would push me to “tell your story and rise to a higher level”.

    I struggled with latter often causing the story to be lost.

    Your words encouraging us “to take a deep breath, pause for a moment of reflection, and then to talk back. Kindly. Firmly. Consistently” is the essence of rising to a higher level so our story shines brighter and with greater power.

    Thank you… thank you for your words that remind me of a lesson I never should have lost sight of in life.

  6. Thanks for a great post! A simple message that leaves us with a lot to think about, feelings to sort through, and actions to plan.

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