One of the funniest ones I saw was at the cricket, a one dayer circa 99. It's a bit of 'you had to be there' but anyway...It is funny watching people back down when players confront them. Happens at every level.
I remember a local footy final 10-15 years ago where a bloke 30 metres around from my mates and I was getting into the opposition’s star player who was also playing coach. That was until the player came up and told them to make sure they’re waiting there after the game.
As soon as the siren went, the abuser ran straight up to the player with a grovelling apology and then got out of there as quickly as they could.
On a side note, the star playing coach is now our own midfield coach, Adam Skrobalak.
Thank for the update.
Read quite a few comments in a similar thread: 'Robbie Muir - A must-read article"
I wish I hadn't of.
The racists and trolls who want to give their opinion about Robbie Muir have come out of their holes and just can't help themselves.
Yep - but long may the racists and trolls have the right to express their opinion.
Apparently that is what is important, when called out they cry 'cancel culture' not oh I might just listen to the person who has been subject to racism - I need the right to be a racist and a troll.
I'm in a similar line of work to your wife & see that every day. Sadly teacher education is all about pedagogy and not about humanity. Most of us will agree that the best teachers we've had were not necessarily experts in the subjects they were teaching but were just great people. They understood the importance of building a rapport with their students and making learning fun and relevant, especially for the kids who struggle academically.There are some cancel culture dickheads that go too far but it never excuses racists who seem to think that it means that they are entitled to say what ever they like in response to it. I thought this article was amazing in that rather than being purely about shaming anyone it actually really put you in Muir's shoes and you got a real sense of the things that contributed to why he acted like he did and allowed him to be shunned.
My wife is studying psych in child and adolescent mental health and particularly education outcomes. Kids who suffer trauma can lose 20 points off their IQ so then cop the stupid tag, then act up because they feel stupid and it perpetuates. Teachers aren't taught to watch out for kid's issues and it's one massive slow moving train wreck that follows people who are more likely to turn to drugs or crime and have derailed lives. Anyone who can read this article and still feel little compassion for another human being who has suffered so much must be a sociopath or a troll who enjoys winding people up, or maybe it's the same thing.
I'm in a similar line of work to your wife & see that every day. Sadly teacher education is all about pedagogy and not about humanity. Most of us will agree that the best teachers we've had were not necessarily experts in the subjects they were teaching but were just great people. They understood the importance of building a rapport with their students and making learning fun and relevant, especially for the kids who struggle academically.
I'm a firm believer that there's no bad kids... just kids who have been treated in a way that makes them want to hurt the world.
Most of the idiots who refuse to see this are simply people who have never experienced what some people go through.
As a teacher you develop a sixth sense for kids who need extra support, care, space and so on. The education system is so obsessed with "child safety" that the days when you could sit with a kid in a classroom after class because that kid need to speak with someone who cared, are gone. Plenty of kids just need a sympathetic ear, not to be dragged through "due process". Indeed, some that I have encountered have suffered in silence rather than be ground up in bureaucratic practices.It's lucky there are people like you out there.Yeah, I remember the teachers that were nice to me or had my back more than ever learning much. Instilling confidence and self belief does more than wrote learning content. I have a bit of compassion for teachers though, it's like herding cats having a pile of kids in one place. I have done some coaching and seriously a couple of hours a week with a hand full of kids made me want to sit in a corner rocking and sucking my thumb. You can totally understand how it happens and there aren't many easy answers. Educating some psychology into teachers during their course would help but it doesn't catch up those already in the system.
The education system could do with a pretty serious overhaul but it isn't going to happen, it's a pretty good system for about 40% of the population and a nightmare for probably an equal number. I know a few people who are so traumatised by their time at some of the country's best schools that they still aren't over it in their 40s. Others are the opposite and see it as the best time of their lives. I'm probably in the middle, got thorough moved on.