Comfortable being uncomfortable

I hate being uncomfortable, lets just put it out there now lol. I am sure I am not the only either. However, after reading Prof. Smith’s post and Jim Groom’s talks I cannot help but feel like I must reach that “high point” of being uncomfortable while teaching. The reason I feel that this is a high point is because if we want to be “punk” or progressive educators than we must go where others have not. In order to do that we must venture out on the razors edge. A glimpse of that edge will make us better teachers, I think.

I really like Jim Groom’s and Brian Lamb’s article which speaks of edupunked and its future. It has an great quote: “Our energy simply prevailed. This speaks to the struggle that we face as educators when we want to change things. We must remember that change is always met with opposition. Therefore, we must have the will, courage, heart, and energy to prevail against the old and bring in the new. Below is a video of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who speaks of an intellectual transformation. I think it fits well.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/zvxasVoT0aM[/youtube]

Finally, I think the most important point is that to be edupunk and progressive is to be radical. This is not reform–thiis is revolutionary.
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9 thoughts on “Comfortable being uncomfortable

  1. What a killer quote from his 1966 talk, “You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything.” That’s edupunk.

    Great stuff.

  2. Definitely agree with everything you pointed out. I really enjoyed the video especially when he stated “you can not wait for anybody else… you yourself are the teacher the pupil”, also when he stated “to understand is to transform bodies”. It makes sense because so many educators state that they know what it means to be an educator but they are not transforming anyone they come in contact with. Transforming someone or changing someones life is evidence that you are being exactly who you say you are an educator, nice post, oh and nice pic, it really says a lot, I don’t like to be uncomfortable either but as educators we got to do what we got to do, no matter what it takes.

  3. I agree with you 100%, “This is not reform–thiis is revolutionary” and just like Jiddu Krishnamurti say’s it we are the ones who can make a change. Scratch that who WILL make to make a change in education.

  4. I really like the way you think especially in regards to thinking on the edge. That is something teachers should definitely do and think outside the box because in reality, everyone wants to truly be different in society and according to societal standards as well. I like the video and Jiddu seems to be a very intelligent and well-spoken individual in regards to the way he thinks, etc.

  5. I like your post a a lot, the picture fits perfectly. The video is wonderful and he states everything with such passion, which I believe is one of the things that educators need in this field in order to try to reach students. You need passion and be willing to go through mud because there will be many dirty moments! With that said, being an educator can be very rewarding. Very nice post!

  6. this mind set no teacher no leader…you learn from your experiences, you copntinue to be relevant in your craft because you are constantly challenging yourself and the existing state

  7. Hey Arod,

    I love your post, some strong stuff, strong quotes by strong leaders. I agree with all of this, and hey, everyone needs a push or a “glimpse” of the edge its the only way we’d strive for something better.

    Stay edgy,
    Rey Awesome

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