An Edutwitter Spat

An EduTwitter Spat

By Jodie Lopez @jodieworld

 

Oh look an edutwitter spat!

I don’t believe it, and fancy that!

 

It seems the birds are all a flutter

“Grumble, head shake, mutter mutter”

 

Who disagrees today you ask?

Has someone set another group task?

 

Did someone mention the early years?

Or SATs and assessment;  GCSE fears?

 

I wonder how this spat will go?

Let’s assume from what we know…

 

Person A will mention something

Almost in passing, a general wondering

 

Person B becomes incensed

Person C sits on the fence

 

Person D then writes a blog,

Person E comments, all agog

 

Person F gets all their friends

To retweet so this never ends

 

Persons G through M aren’t fussed,

But wade in anyway, feeling they must

 

They follow Person D you see,

And want some work from Person B

 

Person N and Person O

Jump on the bandwagon and off we go!

 

Persons P, Q, R and S

Delete their likes as they get stressed

 

They only liked the tweet from A

“It seemed quite reasonable,” so they say

 

Me? I’m off to find my bed

I cannot deal with T through Z

 

This edutwitter lark’s quite baffling

I always thought we were all just waffling

 

But apparently this changes everything

The 280 characters I bring

 

Not sure if I’m trad, but I sometimes agree

But then there are progs, I’d let them be

 

I think we all mostly agree in person

But online intention seems to worsen

 

Even the most reasonable folk

Turn into ogres, trolls and a joke

 

We need to move the discourse back

To conversations –  without hijack

 

Just people saying things out loud

Whether shy, or big, or proud

 

The rest we should read with a pinch of salt

Remembering a human is the one at fault

 

And we are all human, none infallible

No matter how weak we seem, or gullible

 

In all the years on twitter I’ve seen,

No minds have changed through being mean

 

So smile, and ask to meet for a drink

And find out, kindly, what others think

 

Don’t dismiss them out of hand

Twitter is one big, borderless land

 

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