“Some people are just good and some people are just bad.” This is what I overheard as I walked past two men who were sitting in a hotel lobby today. As mentioned in a previous slice, I have a (bad) habit of listening in on people as I sit near, or pass by them.
I thought about this comment for the rest of the day. I had so many questions.
Why were these men having this conversation that caused one to say this to the other?
Do they believe it, or was there more to the story?
Do others believe this – and does this drive the way we interact with one another?
Does the idea of “goood” and “bad” expand to things like “smart” and “dumb”?
If so, does this affect how educators treat students?
I spent the last two days at a state reading conference with so many great ideas swirling around. I certainly hope that the research that was presented by these experts, as well as the creative approaches that were discussed amongst these great minds have hope of taking root. I fear they won’t if people actually believe that we are either “good” or “bad”. I choose to believe that we are more varied than that – not simply one way or the other. We can always get smarter and life is more complicated than boiling it down to “good” or “bad”.