I'm used to talking. A lot. And ranting. So to sit in a meeting and not be able to talk was more than frustrating. In fact it verged on enraging. It's like how you feel when your party loses an election. Year after year after year. And after awhile you just stop caring.
I used to feel that my voice was listened to in my workplace and by my professional association. Now, not so much. So this year I took a vow of silence. I don't speak at staff meetings. I don't send bulk emails containing my views on things. I don't write to the ATA. It feels weird. I'm a Social Studies teacher, and I tell my students they should speak out. But now, I don't. And even though my vow of silence is self imposed, it's no less enraging.
I wonder if my students feel like that. Out there in cyberspace, at their kitchen tables, and in their distance ed learning labs, in the back rooms of their places of employment- do they feel alone? Do they feel like anyone listens to them? Or have they just stopped caring?