Last week, I received her last blog post on my reader, which basically said "Goodbye blog world" - Snuffy would be writing no longer. I've been blogging for about 6 years now so I'm well used to the "death of a blogger" syndrome. It's always a sad day when a blogger I've been reading for years decides to call it quits.
I teach in a state school in inner-city London. I'm black. I want to change the world - one kid - one school - one policy at a time. Nowadays, I'm one of the ones at the top of the school who runs things. Let's see if I can make a difference...
In Snuffy's case, I wasn't surprised. She often wrote about how she was concerned about being caught out for blogging about the issues in education in London, and how difficult it was to speak her mind without getting in trouble as a teacher and eventually as a Senior Management member of her school. I've often wondered if I ever taught along with Snuffy in any of our London schools. Her "voice" seemed so familiar to me. But maybe it's just that what she wrote about really hit home for me. I taught in many schools in London, but the schools I remember most had the same issues that Snuffy wrote about so often.
Well, today Joanne Jacobs posted the most recent story about Snuffy, whose name we now know. It turns out that Snuffy got in trouble speaking her opinions on British education again, this time using her real name & voice. She even had to take 2 days off school for it.
Here's my favourite Snuffy quote from Joanne Jacobs blog: “This idea that because you are poor you cannot achieve is ridiculous.”
I'm so pleased to see that Snuffy's voice has not been silenced. While she often says things that cause people to squirm in their seats, at least she says them. So, goodbye to Snuffy the blogger, and hello to Katharine Birbalsingh the teacher who speaks her mind.
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