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