I was so glad to graduate from college! I didn’t think I would ever write another paper…and here I am writing a blog. Of course, it’s much easier to research with the world at your fingertips and no more correction tape. But I remember the feeling of relief that I would not have any more need to work for a grade.
I don’t like grades and as a teacher I hated grading papers. I didn’t mind commenting, giving words of encouragement, on young writers’ journal entries, but I did not like having to evaluate them. Math was easier, it’s either right or wrong, but writing is subjective. Writing comes from the heart. Sure, a need to spell correctly and use punctuation appropriately are necessary, but the thoughts of another person need to be affirmed. Just to give the person the knowledge that you heard them, even if you didn’t understand their feelings, at least you tried to comprehend their perspective. As you can probably tell, I was rather soft in grading the language arts, but my students did leave my classroom feeling they could write which kept them on the road to education longer, or so I like to think.
I suppose the question in my mind today, removed from the third grade classroom and now in the ‘world of thoughts and rants’ via cyberspace, are all viewpoints valid? Should we maybe ‘grade’ some entries?
Is Truth subjective? I believe Truth can be known and not all opinions are based on Truth. Can it be evaluated from an objective standard? In the elementary classroom the goal is to get children to learn ‘how’ to accomplish tasks – strong encouragement is necessary so the child will not give up or feel incapable. But in the adult world, the skills are hopefully learned and now, I’m wondering, is it time to declare, “Your thought is not valid! It’s based upon a lie.”…???
So the question arises, whose truth is the Truth? We live in a world of relativism because we don’t want to offend, we don’t want to appear intolerant of others. We seem to feel everyone needs to be validated, as if we were still in elementary school. Everyone gets a smiley face. 🙂
Well, I must say, as I surf the net I’m not smiling so much these days. Sometimes screams of intolerance can be heard coming from my bedroom and the family knows I have just come across another frustrating rant. I’ve determined I’m not going to give anymore ‘encouraging words’ to adults who have not grown up. It’s time to look at the ways of the world and declare, “You’re wrong!”
What is our objective Truth? You got it…Jesus. He was bold enough to declare it, so in ignoring His words, we are ignoring the Truth.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. -Jesus
(Please, only encouraging words, in many ways I still have a third grade ego. I can dish it out, but I don’t take it so well 😉 )