All self-deprecation aside, I’m proud of this acknowledgment (scroll to the bottom) in our local newspaper.

You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.

Brene Brown

Some peers thought that I was being vulnerable. Others suggested that I was just being truthful.

Very simply, I knew that I wasn’t living into my value of integrity. That’s what mattered the most. At some deeper level, I couldn’t continue to support a culture of BYOT (bring your own technology) like smartphones in our schools without acknowledging the distraction piece that it promotes. And my concerns about its ability to truly support student learning in the classroom.

I am forever thankful that Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star Reporter, approached me for my thoughts on technology in schools, particularly smartphones. The opportunity gave me pause. It gave me an opportunity to check my values. To live into my values.

It wasn’t easy admitting that I had a change of heart around something that I advocated so vociferously nearly a decade ago.

I am so glad that I did.

So grateful, too.

JY

 

 

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