"Perception is Reality"?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
"Perception is Reality"?
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 5:22am

This is something that I think is relevant to teaching, and also something I find quite troubling.  I have heard the mantra, "perception is reality" a few times before.  Is there not an absolute truth?  Does this mean that I am a bad teacher for the purposes of a principal simply because he/she perceives me to be?  That seems ridiculous.  Who comes up with this stuff?



Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 4:30pm

Ahh, the chicken or the egg?  Are you really what I see or what I want to see? Are you what I see or what I've made you?  In education it can be any or all.  Too many admins take what someone says and grasp it as the absolute. If a parent says you are mean, then you are.  If you are short tempered is that your nature or a result of the environment you must function in? I believe expediency rules the day. If it serves them to say or believe it they do.  Sadly too many admins see what they want or need to see to protect themselves or find an excuse in someone to blame. Many don't know what they are seeing. Can an admin who taught agriculture for a few years tell me how to run my library or understand the role of the school psychologist?

 Many parents transfer their fear of failure to the teacher. It's your fault. No explanation or evidence will change their mind.

It's all just the nature of the profession right now. I don't know how anyone can change it. You cope or you get out.