Recently, I have had conversations with other bloggers (such as @janineclose and her cmentguide.wordpress.com site) around the issue of privacy and the self censorship of my ramblings. There are many issues that have come up in my first full year as a vice-principal around student, staff and parent behaviours that have left me with a ton of questions and thoughts that need to be focussed. When I try to write about these, I find myself censoring my writing, removing student names, actions and results that prevent me from really discussing the issues. What starts as a difficult decision or action becomes so bland, that friends not in education read the post and do not see the dilemmas I find myself in.
For example, an issue came up two weeks ago that required a lot of discussion around discipline, restitution and restorative justice. I felt that I couldn’t write about this, as even leaving the names out and part of the situation, left the story empty and very uneventful. I almost feel that I need to write the post, save it as a draft, and let it sit there for months before I can post it out. By then, new issues have come up and the discussion that was missed from saving the post is lost to me. The comments and questions from the connected community of social media may help in the far future, but does not help me refine my thoughts for the next issue that comes up.
I can’t always post on issues that come up, but I am searching for ways to focus my thoughts and ideas and look for ways to seek answers from my questions from those that have been through this.
Any ideas or comments are always welcome.