While the premise of WomenEd was very good initially to help women build their confidence what we seem to have now is a splurge of 'Eds' BAME, LGBT, disabled for example. While they are very well-intentioned my concern is that some teachers are now getting too fixated on our differences and losing sight of our common humanity. 

Some are using these labels to have a go at others who don't fit into their perception of a 'diverse' society. Whatever the colour of our skin, our gender or sexuality or ability we have all had our struggles in life and there is no excuse not to be kind to anyone. Ever. The world is not perfect and things don't always go the way we want them to. What we can do though is change our response. 

I am have seen attacks against men and 'white' (whatever that means) people from teachers on Twitter. I find this very disturbing and upsetting. Whatever has gone on in the past the way forward is not more hate. I have many reasons why I could hate men but I don't. What would that achieve? They are not all abusers and I have to look beyond my own prejudices.

So come on everyone, be nice to each other. Remember what you perceive is a reflection of your inner world. We are all the result of our conditioning but we can change that. Only 6% of our actions are guided by our conscious mind. Most of our thoughts, words and actions come from our subconscious so it's important to understand what is driving you! If you have suffered abuse because of your gender, disability or skin colour etc. then get some help but please don't act like the victim. It does no favours to anyone. Only you are responsible for your own happiness. If we had a 50/50 split of male/female teachers, 13% ethnic minority etc. would all the problems in our education system go away? Of course they wouldn't. Anyone who works in it is part of the problem - you can't sit in your car on the M25 and complain about all the traffic! Once we can all look beyond these superficialities and accept people for who they are - fellow human beings - will things really start to change.

I teach meditation, mindfulness and compassion to teachers and school leaders and I am an EMCC accredited coach. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more. I also recommend reading The Art of Happiness by HH The Dalai Lama.

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Helen Pengelly

Helen Pengelly

Former maths teacher now accredited coach and stand up comedian. Writing book about mindful leadership

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