For better or worse, I have become increasingly more political over the past few years. Perhaps it is a sign of aging and maturity, or perhaps it is simply a by-product of social awareness, or perhaps even a direct result of the teacher’s program at UBC – I have begun to embrace this new side of me.
– Online petitions: Yes
– Emailing MP: Yes.
– Doing more: maybe
I sometimes even bother showing up at rallies if I happen to be bored at the time. But to what extent? I am put off by people who try to convince me to conform to their ideology and god knows I have angered people and damaged a great many friendships trying to do just that. To take it further, how does this translate to the professional arena of teaching? As a heavily unionized profession in BC, teachers form a political force to be reckoned with. But there are so many things one ought not to say as a teacher.
– You cannot bad mouth the union.
– You cannot discuss another colleague (gossip).
– You get in trouble for displaying cartoon images of Yertle the Turtle.
I do not want to get in trouble and I do not want to be labelled a “radical“, but this cartoon by Franke James is simply too good pass up.