Okay, I've settled down. I've meditated on my anger and thought about all of the educators and education policymakers who are good people and only care about children. And I feel much better.
Righteous indignation and reactive anger might feel good in the moment, but don't really accomplish much other than to release toxins in the blood stream. Over the years, I have learned how teachers and administrators are under crushing and unreasonable rules and expectations. Many get pressure from the state to go in one direction and from parents to go in another.
Add to that, more kids have more kinds of special needs than ever before. And today's world is one that is fraught with anxiety. And now the very real threat of violence to our children.
What can we do? Of course I don't have answers. But I do know that reactive emotions hurt people. And the teachers who read my previous entry might have been hurt or had reactive anger themselves. And to them, I apologize. My reactive emotions also hurt me, they clouded my judgment and raised my blood pressure.