Educators like a lot of professionals do have strong egos. We want to be considered experts in our fields, we want our reputations to be flawless, and pity the fool who does not follow our logic or does not know what we know!
However, sometimes we are simply wrong, because to be human is to make mistakes. Sometimes we let our egos get the best of us and we end up insulting someone who does not deserve it, we end up underserving our students, or we end up becoming legends in our own minds and believing our own hype.
If you have like-minded, dedicated individuals, with the same qualifications, do you really need to point out that you went to a traditional school versus their non-traditional newer school? Maybe there was no possible way for the other person to give up everything for school; it does not make them less qualified, especially if they did the work. It seems like we are now measuring whose PhD is bigger instead of measuring what we need to do to achieve the mission, and measuring the intention our hearts.
There is an old story about two women talking about two different British politicians who they met. The first lady went on and on about how this man was “the smartest man in the room”. The other lady thought about it for a second and said: “this other man made me feel like smartest person in the room”. Are you making those around you feel valuable, or are you constantly belittling them?
Sometimes we need to step back and get our egos in check, sometimes we have to remember what our mission is, and sometimes we have to remember who this is really all about.
It is not about us, it is about the students. Educators, stay humble.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III