Curiouser and curiouser: reflections on teacher wellbeing – Part 2

Birmingham Teacher

‘Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.

“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”

“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter.’

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

I don’t get cross very easily.  I’m pretty chirpy.  But sometimes, lazy, thoughtless, easily-trotted-out language does make me cross, particularly when it’s under the seemingly omni-happy umbrella of ‘wellbeing’.  I read this on someone’s Twitter timeline a few weeks ago, and it irked me: “To do well, people need to be well.”  I’m sure the person who shared it, and those who liked it, did so in a well-meaning, wellbeingy way.  But, sadly, along with so many of the breezily-regurgitated ‘wellbeing’ phrases and quotes and memes, this is a fairly empty phrase.  Furthermore, to me, brought up by parents who were both disabled and…

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