The standard you walk past is the standard you accept… #28daysofwriting

I was outside waiting for my bus today when a group of students arrived. I was in my exercise gear the kids didn’t notice me. As time drifted on, a few of the student were starting to drift from what I would expect from. It was nothing major and I was running late. My bus was about to arrive.

Yet thanks to @stephen_tpk I found myself reciting one of my favourite lines around leadership.

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept…

I didn’t like how the students were behaving. As my bus pulled away, I asked with a question “how does what you are doing reflect our school’s value of respect?”

While I waited for my next bus I reflected on how much more convenient it would have been to put my earphones in and ignore. Yet teaching doesn’t stop just because you are ‘off the clock.’ Nor does matter if the children involved don’t go to the school we work at.

We’ve all got a collectively responsibility to uphold those basic values in all of the children all of the time.

Because the annoying thing about principles is that they only matter when they are inconvenient to you.

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  1. Because the annoying thing about principles is that they only matter when they are inconvenient to you.

    Great insight, Stephanie. I’m going to use that in future, for myself and possibly when I’m engaged in discussion (argument!) with other people.

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