For those of you who have not heard, indicted Rapper 6ix9ine testified on behalf of the federal government recently. 6ix9ine was a far better witness than Cory Lewandowski, Bob Mueller, or all other witnesses who have testified for any democratic committee of Congress.
True to form, the rapper dropped a dime on everyone in his entire organization. He did so to lighten his sentence. Not only did he tell on folks in his gang, but he also testified on individuals that did not belong to his crew. To be clear, he testified against every living thing and told everything he knew twice.
Let’s segue 6ix9ine’s willingness to testify against his crew to analyze the Red wall of silence in teaching. If you think this wall doesn’t exist, you are kidding yourself.
Ask Yourself This.
Ask yourself the following questions: 1). Have you ever taught next door to someone that you know wasn’t good enough to be in front of your kids? 2). What did you do about it? 3). Did you stay silent, or did you engage the person in conversation? 4). How do you politely tell a colleague that they aren’t good enough to teach your kids? 5). How are the children?
The questions that I asked in the previous paragraph are all questions that we ask ourselves regarding our underperforming colleagues.
Teachers say, “It’s not my place to tell someone they aren’t cut out for teaching; that’s the principal’s job.”
It’s Everyone’s Job to Keep Kids Safe!
It’s not just the principal’s job. We have to keep our kids safe. If you see that kids are in an unsafe environment, I implore you to speak up. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your colleague, you can talk to the administrator. 6ix9ine did it, so can you.
What Would 6ix9ine Do?
I think we have gotten to caught up in worrying about what our colleagues think. We don’t spend enough time thinking about what kids need, and how we (as the adults can keep them safe). I say all this to say, if one of the most popular rappers on the planet can turn federal informant, it should be nothing for you to have an awkward conversation with colleagues about doing what’s in the best interest of kids. If all else fails, ask yourself what would 6ix9ine do?