Lessons in "Status Quo"
Lesson #2 came the next year. I was walking with one of my students down the hallway and another teacher stopped us and began to yell and berate my student about his clothes and his attitude. I just stood there watching this whole demeaning episode and I said NOTHING! In my defense, I was brand new and I felt like this teacher knew more than I did. But, again the lesson in status quo was "loud and clear"...different was not acceptable.
Another story, again from early in my career; I was on the Leadership Committee and my principal was discussing whether we should add a "Warning Bell" and have the students line up 5 minutes early so that they were inside and learning by the official start of the school day. I, along with the other teachers on the committee agreed. After this new bell routine was announced, a veteran teacher lectured me about how I had jeopardized all that the "old-timers" had worked for and that I had just given away teachers' before school prep time. Status quo lesson #3...don't change anything because "it's always been done this way."
Needless to say, because of these (and many other) lessons, I very quickly learned to keep my mouth and my door shut and keep the "Status Quo". For years I buried many of my beliefs and pedagogies about how a classroom should work because my ideas were so different from everyone else's. "Status Quo" had its grip on me and I succumbed to its power and became silent.