I hear frequently from teachers, and find myself, that there’s one (or more) “loud and proud” voice on their faculty who easily shuts down conversation, progress. Others fear to take on this lone or group “naysayer.”
One school curriculum person said, “I wish I had one ounce of their confidence.” Others term this a “true recalcitrant,” “Napoleonic.” Often a principal fears taking on such an individual or group for fear of backlash and undermining, a reasonable concern. When a veteran teacher once told a school teacher leader in my school, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” She bravely boldly looked him in the eye and responded, “It’s broke.” It’s handy to have comebacks.
Once I was in a discussion with teachers, and a strong teacher made a good point, but then spiraled down into a negative conclusion common in the culture. I made a statement in response that just came out of my mouth; I have no idea what I said, spontaneous. A new teacher looked at me with a huge smile on his face. He said, “I’m so glad you said that.”
We’d all be interested to hear any thoughts on the need for responses to the negative voice when others are working to be problem solvers, or suggestions of what to say to those who hold back more progressive, optimistic views.
Please scroll down to post your thoughts in a Reply on if you see this need, and/or a suggestion for the comeback to a negative voices.