Dear Cyber Public
A post I had intended for a private internet forum was reposted here yesterday. I forget that I have this more public platform that anyone can see. My friend who reposted the entry was just trying to provide a forum for how to teaching provocative material, but of course, some of my students saw this piece and were quite upset.
The original post was put into cyberspace in part to ask for help from other teachers who teach controversial material. I didn’t feel like I handled the situation in class very well because I had gotten upset, I felt that I didn’t help the student gain a deeper understanding of the issue, I had shut them down.
In the other venue, a place that I police carefully to make sure that my students are never part of, I got lots of help about how to do a better job. But things have been made much worse by this inadvertant (and misspelled) reposting.
I hope that all accept my apologies for a series of errors. This is isn’t a forum I wish to use to talk about work issues of any complexity. I love my students - that is not too large a claim - and hope that trust can be repaired.