"He who learns from one who is learning, drinks from a flowing river."
People Over Profit
"Fund people over stuff," my mentor, Mark Gabehart, would often say. Of course, he may not have said it in such a blunt way. But that's definitely the message that came across. It affirmed that in education settings, if nowhere else, you put people above materialistic goals (e.g. making money).
In schools, you always rank people over stuff. People come before technology. People come before pretty furniture.
The struggle to protect people continues. Even today, we see entire school districts, governments putting money and stuff first. That's why when I read about Austin teachers taking a stand, I had to applaud.
About 850 Austin district teachers have pledged not to return to their campuses Monday when school buildings reopen for learning.
Concerned about the threat of the coronavirus to both their students and themselves, the educators said they remain committed to teaching their students, but will do so only in a virtual setting.
Show me a person who puts people over stuff, that's a leader worthy of support. Too bad, those are in short supply.
Here's a list of some recent people who prioritize stuff (like funding) over people, not caring if they die:
Those principals and superintendents who make teachers work in COVID-19 infested classrooms.
Gov. Abbott's order to close ballot drop-off locations
Yes, that's a short list. It could be longer. But I those two alone encompass much of the disappointment. So, Austin teachers, strike. Call it whatever you want. San Antonio educators, tell your superintendents to go to heck. The truth is, when people value your life so cheap, there's only one thing to do.
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Did you miss the announcement yesterday about the EdTech 2020 Virtual Conference? It's not too late to find out more about this exciting, first time event for Texas State University. The virtual, graduate student organized conference offers engaging virtual sessions. The sessions are available in both synchronous (Saturday, April 25, 2020) and asynchronous (video recordings) formats.
Wait, wait, there's more! You can interact with speakers via live chat from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Central) on the day of each event.
Watch the Interview with the Organizers
Curious about the planning that went into this event? Get the inside scoop. Watch this 23 minute video available via YouTube: