“What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right. ~ Howard Cosell
It was seventh grade and he was the most popular teacher at our school. There was overcrowding in my grade; we had 6 seventh grade classes. Over the holiday break we received a letter at home announcing the school was creating a seventh class made up of a few kids from each of the other classes. We were to be class 7-7.
We were a rowdy bunch, but developed a good comradery early on. Since schedules were already set, we seemed to be an extra class for some teachers. One teacher, Mr. Iz, had us for two classes – English and Science. He was the “cool” teacher. He wore jeans to school, had a long pony tail and beard, and tried to be buddies with the kids. I heard what a great teacher he was. For some reason however, he chose not to teach during our class times. He would sit and read Sports Illustrated, the girls would play jacks, and boys flipped paper footballs back and forth. A favorite pastime we engaged in was trading barbs back and forth with him, one I excelled at. It was the strangest thing, day after day this went on. Very occasionally, we would so some school work.
One rare occasion, he asked us to write a paper. Instead of writing a paper, I went home and wrote him a letter. Before he entered the room, I told the class what I had done and had everyone sit quietly on one side of the room. He walked in and had a look of shock to see the class sitting there silent. He asked what was going on and I told him I wrote a letter to him that I would like to share with the class. The essence of the letter was that we had the right to learn and he– being our teacher–was obligated to teach. When I finished reading it out loud, a single tear rolled down his cheek. He asked for the letter and then he opened a book and began to teach.
He was exceptionally hard on me the rest of the semester and some of the other kids eventually got tired of having to actually do work in class instead of messing around…although there was still some of that. I never understood why he acted that way with our class. To this day, people still talk about what a great teacher he was. He was the teacher I learned the least from….or maybe the most. I learned that you have to stand up for what you believe in even when others don’t or can’t or won’t. Sometimes, you have to be the voice in the room so that everyone can benefit. In seventh grade, I learned there can be a cost to that. However, the cost of staying silent is much greater.
Often over the years, I have been that voice in the room on many occasions. Recently, the opportunity came up again when I laid out some concerns I had with an organization I am involved with. A great dialog ensued, but what surprised me was the comment that no one else had brought these issues up before despite the fact that many obviously had an opinion to share. So although I participated in several conversations with constituents of the organization, no one wanted to be the voice that challenged those who were in charge and could actually address the concerns.
It is often easier just to let someone else do it or live with the status quo. We don’t want to stand out or risk people not liking us if we disagree or challenge them.
With events going on in the world today, and political decisions being made that appear irrational, many of us are feeling very disempowered. So we talk among ourselves feeling angry and frustrated. Decisions are being made that directly impact several areas of our lives. Look around you in your everyday life and see where you can make an impact. Maybe you are not moved to be a political activist, but maybe there is something going on in a part of your world, your life, or that of your family where you can make a difference by being that voice in the room. The energy it takes to hold back is much greater than what it takes to stand up and be that voice. So have a little courage. Be that voice in the room. Your soul knows what it’s doing.
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