Thank you Umair for putting the mirror before us agin. we can look many times and still not see. Our new leadership team did a core values exercise a couple of days ago. I have done it before and always ended up putting in values I felt I should have rather than going deep within. This time I thought on my morning walk to work that I should consider the times when I have been ashamed, when I have lived outside what I truly valued. I realized that when I have stepped beyond my values I acted without a sense of care. this made caring my core value. As an educator I am therefore charged with teaching, showing, living this value. The irony is that I work in an environment that values results; getting into the 'right' universities, getting high scores, being successful, having things. I look at the sheer mass of expectations and assumptions and wonder if my caring will be enough to shift the dial for students, if they can hear me above the world's noise. If they can see any path beside the narrow way set forth for them by the success of their parents. I now have to begin to consider if caring will mean that I need to change not only how I work but where i work.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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