Last Thursday, I sent this out to our optional, informal school mailing list:
Very interesting article on the NYTimes blog:
Do School Libraries Need Books?
5 different perspectives on the question.
A short time later I received this response from one of our high school teachers:
Blogs are for the self-obsessed & self-absorbedhave a nice day
Hi _______ ,
Rather a blanket condemnation of a format, I'd say. I hope you taught my son when he was your student to judge the content of writing, rather than the container in which it comes.
Have a nice day to you as well,
Zing! Felt pretty good sending that out. At the time.
But I wonder now if I've made an enemy. Or created a relationship in which neither of us will now listen to the other? Were I to do it again, I would have gone over and had a visit with the teacher, F2F. Or ignored the comment completely.
I'm not having second thoughts about what I said. I believe format bigotry serves no one well and that good teachers should not model it. (Although I will admit many bloggers, including this one, are self-obsessed and self-absorbed.)
But I am wondering how I might have handled this better as a human being.
I got a chuckle from the way James Likeks opened his column in this Valentine's Day morning's Star Tribune:
Here's some Valentine's Day advice: If you need it now, from a newspaper, you're already in trouble.