"Been pondering on rewards and awards. The inevitable onslaught of upset people after the EDublog 2011 award finals has begun. But some have asked why we should even have awards in education. Shouldn't teaching be reward enough?" ...Please read the entire post here.
Thank you for this post, Vicki. As you know I was very much engaged in that conversation on Twitter with Joe and most of his quotes on that blogpost came from me. I was upset during the conversation, but as I look back at the timeline of that exchange, I'm still very proud of the way I attempted to articulate my point of view. I think it was a respectful exchange and I agree that diversity of opinion is often lacking in our online circles. I understand what Joe means about losing followers. It is true that any time you get controversial, you risk insulting people. The only people I've unfollowed because of such conversations are those who resort to bullying, demeaning others and actual unethical behavior. (You, and many reading this probably know who I'm talking about.) Additionally, I'm aware that I lose followers all the time for many reasons. Probably because I tend to be a Smart Alec on Twitter and inevitably offend someone. I am who I am, and most people who follow me know that I can have a bizarre sense of humor, at times.
Anyway, I'm glad you posted this because it's been on my mind and I just hadn't felt the energy to write my own post about this and you've said it all beautifully.