Empowering or Stifling Voice?

    I woke up one morning not feeling the best, after receiving a message about something that needed to be dealt with for work that was a bad surprise.  After that, I had some more bad news, but nothing I couldn’t deal with. Everyone has complications from work.
    Then I finished off a blog post I had been working on and posted it.  Within a few minutes, I had received a private message from someone criticizing my use of a wrong word.  To the point where they said they could go no further on my post regarding discussing the “basics” of education. It was pointing out a mistake that had stopped them from reading any more of what I had to share.
    But this is not what I want to focus on.  I want to focus on the second message that I had received that was also telling me about an error that I had made in my post.
    Another educator reached out to me, shared how powerful the post was and the following comment:
    After reading your article, I have a greater understanding about the importance of change and how we, as educators must adapt our teaching curriculum and strategies to this rapidly changing society.
    They then went on to mention that I had mixed up “our” with “are” in the post.  In both cases, I went to fix my error, but which one do you think inspired me to continue writing?  This is not the first time I have received these types of messages, and I know it will not be the last.
    This is not to say that I don’t appreciate feedback; I do tremendously.  I don’t mind people criticizing my work, especially my ideas.  It pushes me to get better. It is the tone and delivery of feedback that means more to me though.  I have people that are always there to support me who literally go onto my blog and fix errors of mine. Not because I pay them or I compelled them to do so, but because they want to help.
    When I posted about this on Facebook, a former student of mine (who was probably smarter than me when he was a student and is still showing brilliance to this day) posted this comment:


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