I posed this question to a group of 75 teachers this week in Birmingham, Alabama.
It is easy to tell students not to fall for peer pressure and to make the most beneficial choices, but how often do we model this behavior and fall for peer pressure as adults?
How often do we teach to the test out of the fear of losing our job?
How often do we focus on winning because our administration said if we don’t make the tournament we will be fired?
I told those teachers I hug the girls I work with, and I tell them I love them when I feel it is appropriate. I understand that this might get me fired one day, but I am willing to get fired for what I believe.