- Please write about it in your journal.
- Please comment to this post (you can use what you write in your journal, or share a shorter version)
- Please post to your blog about it (title: MY AMERICAN VOICE) -- you can share what you wrote in your journal, you can think out loud about the democratic process we use in this course, you can think about other situations in which you have had to decide whether to speak up or stay silent, or you can add to the topic by adding your own flavor. Please make sure to use at least three of the principles you learned by reading "The Art of Hosting Good Conversations Online" and please get at least five people to comment to your post. You can share your blog link via text/email/social media, you can find other members' blogs and comment to theirs with a link to your own, or you can invite people the old-fashioned way-- walk up and ask them in person! :)
MY AMERICAN VOICE
When is it important to speak up, and when is it important to observe quietly?
I'm feeling conflicted and I'm interested in your perspectives. I noticed that this year's course blogs just tipped 42k page views. I feel a responsibility as an American teaching a course with the word "American" in the title. Much of the literature we read focuses on political action and self-actualization. I am aware that we are in the final month of a presidential election that has very big consequences. I am also aware that public school teachers are discouraged from expressing opinions about politics in view of students.
So: when do you speak up? Do you consider it a responsibility or an inconvenience? Do you speak up when you see someone weak being bullied or abused by someone strong? Do you speak up when you see someone taking out their temper on another person? Do you speak up when you see someone cheating (in school or in a relationship)? Do you speak up when you see someone being unkind?
How do you speak up? Are your words necessary, true, kind, and timely? Do you think before you speak? Do you reflect on your words after you say them? How would other people describe the way you talk?
There is no right or wrong here. There is no "how to" lesson. This is an opportunity for all of us to learn from each other. I'm interested in your thoughts. My prediction is that we will all learn something important.