I have received a few “blistering” comments on a few of my Life Without School blog posts over the past month. Usually, when someone comments in a highly negative and generalized manner, it can be best to leave it be. This was true of one of the comments when I followed the link to his blog that was all about taking various topics and “tearing it up”. So, it wasn’t worth responding.
Sometimes, even though a negative comment seems to be filled with common misconceptions and generalizations, it is worth considering a response because of the commonality of the generalizations. This was true of this comment. And so, I decided to take my time and write out a response to all those people out there who may hold the same perceptions without taking the time to understand the topic. That response is my Life Without School post called The Myth of Credentialism.
And, sometimes, I respond to a comment expecting absolutely no resolution, but I decide to make at least one well thought out comment in return, with maybe a follow-up to anything that is said in response, and you get totally surprised, like in this short exchange. (Find the comment from “I Put In The Legwork” near the bottom, and my response that follows, and the follow up remark that concludes.) What this exchange showed was that the person had been legitimate in the comment created and was really wanting to understand why it looked the way it did to them. Since it was a recent comment made to a post that was significantly older, a search of “unschooling college” must have found the commenter at my post.
Anyway, negative comments are always interesting. Sometimes it can be used as fodder to help clarify; sometimes it’s just best to leave it lie, and still other times, surprise resolution may occur. Blogging is such fun!