I Don't Know What Happened and Neither Do You. So Please Be Quiet.

Sometimes issues or problems with a student, a staff member, or a parent will come up. If somehow I am involved with it or have to be, I try my best to focus only on the facts. It is not smart to immediately make assumptions and to form opinions, especially if you did not witness the issue take place. When someone decides to talk about the issues with others (when they shouldn't) and make it their business, word can spread fast and before you know it, the facts have been twisted and statements that are completely false are being made by those who had absolutely nothing to do with the matter.

I have bluntly told others, "You don't know what happened. I advise you not to talk about this to others. It is private information. It is not your business."

But, I know it is human nature to gossip and get involved with controversial issues that people don't know anything about. It is exciting and it momentarily gives people a sense of purpose, I suppose. I love discussing controversial topics, no doubt about that. I love hearing other people's opinions.

But when it is a private matter at work, and it is something I know little about, I will stay out of it. I don't have time to get involved, unless I have to or it is necessary. I wish others would do the same.

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4 comments:

  1. I see gossiping as a cheap form of bonding. The mentality of such a conversation is, "We're better than this person we're discussing." These conversations are of a rather provincial scope. There's a good quote, apparently incorrectly attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, that goes: "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."

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    1. Great quote! I think I will tweet it. Thanks.

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    2. Do you know who said this? Thanks.

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  2. See http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Eleanor_Roosevelt#Disputed :)

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