Two Kinds of People

There’s two kinds of people in this world. Two kinds of teachers, too. You probably know them both.

If you’ve lived in the Chicago area for any length of time, or ever caught the WGN News when it was a superstation and not WGN America, you’ve probably seen Tom Skilling’s weather segment.

I want to love just one thing in my life, for just a millisecond, as much as Skilling loves the weather. He reported on #SolarEclipse2017 today from downstate Carbondale, IL, which was in the path of totality.

And he wept.

I’ve been watching Tom Skilling report on weather and climate-related issues for virtually my entire life. I’d bet you he would have walked the length of the state to be on hand for today’s event. His joy was authentic. He shared it with everyone around him.

Here’s how another Chicago-area teacher in my circle of tweeps reacted:

Yes. Be like Tom.


 

On the flip, here’s Shepard Smith of Fox News today, anchoring the network’s coverage.

 

Here’s how the folks at Conservative Review put it:

“The Washington Free Beacon captured a bizarre and funny clip from Fox News in which Smith mocks the eclipse, holding his mouse and phone in front of him to show how the eclipse works.”

I don’t know the motivation here. Maybe he was going for a too-cool-for-school, so-over-it kind of thing, and couldn’t pull it off. Maybe he genuinely didn’t get the national obsession with a celestial event that for a lot of folks comes along once a generation or so. But whatever the source, it wasn’t a good look for the guy who is widely seen (rightly or wrongly) as a voice of reason amongst partisans.

And if I know myself the way I think I do, some dark, cold Tuesday in November my little cherubs will be working my last nerve and I’ll be unable to suppress the temptation and I’ll let loose a similar string of ridiculous snark in front of a class full of kids.

It won’t be a good look for me, either.

As teachers, we don’t want to be judged by our worst moment (although we hope to be evaluated on our best moments, right?).

I’ll make a re-commitment today to not judge Shep on an off-day.

My kids either. Because there’s two kinds of people in the world.

And I’m one of them.

Author: thedullguy

High School Math/PLTW teacher, Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, IN. Opinions mine.

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