I enjoy give and take with people who disagree. I have always believed in freedom to speak, freedom to disagree, freedom to teach and freedom to learn.
I block three kinds of things on Twitter:
I believe it is possible to have a discussion without insulting the other person. I don’t do it (I try not to, anyway), and I won’t stand for others insulting me. Well, I can’t stop them but I don’t have to listen to insults. That wastes too much of whatever time I have left on this earth.
The other thing you should know is that I have reached this very wonderful time in my life where I am of an age (nearly 74) where I feel free to express my views without worrying if everyone will approve. I don’t want a job, I can’t be fired, I don’t want a grant.
I have spent forty years studying and writing about education. I know a lot of things because I lived through them. I want to share what I know. If I am wrong, I’m sure that people will correct me and I’ll correct myself.
So please feel free to tell me that I’m wrong, if you think so. But be civil. As I try to be.