I have been involved in the development and fine tuning of Co-Academic activities concept paper for quite some time. I was among the youngest when I started. The group was quite small back then and it is a fact that I have always been intimidated by my colleagues. Older and more experienced in many ways.
During one of my early meetings I was sitting across the table to a senior teacher. In one of our heated discussion on how we should go about one of the activities. She blurted out “the audacity of the young one” at me. It sounded harsh in the beginning but her face had a smile. For context, I was explaining to my colleagues on why we shouldn’t follow her direction for a competition.
At that time it was shocking. But as time passes by I realise it should have been the opposite, it should have been a proud moment. I have done what many wouldn’t do. To respectfully disagree when the situation demands for it. And I believe that is why there was a smile accompanying the words.
I believe that was why I was included in the discussion, to be candid and to be frank when the ideals seems to be too lofty. To introduce fresh ideas. To simplify and to make it easy for adoption.
My younger colleagues may have heard this story from me before, it is all but a reminder that they too have ideas that may be worth more than mine.