Teaching the Undertow: Resisting the Pull of Schooling-As-Usual- (43)
– Gregory Michie
Michie outlines his perspectives as a beginning teacher to childhood memories of the dangers and beauty of the ocean, which parallel teaching. As a new teacher we must “never lose sight of that spot on shore” (51) because often putting theory to practise is the most challenging. Adapting our vision to excel in reality is a constant struggle when going against the current. Accepting the flow of the current and learning how to stand against the current, without struggling to overcome the current, is essential because the current is much stronger than we think. As a new teacher, our task is to apprehend the inequalities than run through school systems, and to realize we cannot drastically change society’s ‘hidden’ rules by ourselves, or in one lesson plan. Using our colleagues to help gain perspective of our spot on shore and taking loads in small steps, rather than in one big lunge, we can start a foundation of teaching social justice.