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Staffroom problems!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by mordrid, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. How important is your choice of paper and more importantly do people have the right to judge you based upon your chosen reading?
    I regularly read (online and in paper format) the Daily Mail.
    I have never expressed any political views within the staffroom despite being politically mindful and I have an excellent relationship with the children at the school. Outside of the workplace I have a large eclectic mix of friends.
    However...I have become very aware that my choice of reading has caused a large fraction of the staffroom contingent to snub me.
    I have on good authority that ultimately they feel like the DM has no place in a state school staffroom.
    I'm well aware of the stereotypes regarding Daily Mail readers but surely I shouldn't need to force myself to read The Guardian to fit in?!
    Thoughts?
    My own opinion is that to snub someone on the basis of their choice of paper is as ignorant and biased as some of the views expressed within the DM itself!
    PS: It might be logical to suggest it's the fact that I'm reading my paper and not socialising that is causing the problem but I know this not to be the case.
     
  2. How important is your choice of paper and more importantly do people have the right to judge you based upon your chosen reading?
    I regularly read (online and in paper format) the Daily Mail.
    I have never expressed any political views within the staffroom despite being politically mindful and I have an excellent relationship with the children at the school. Outside of the workplace I have a large eclectic mix of friends.
    However...I have become very aware that my choice of reading has caused a large fraction of the staffroom contingent to snub me.
    I have on good authority that ultimately they feel like the DM has no place in a state school staffroom.
    I'm well aware of the stereotypes regarding Daily Mail readers but surely I shouldn't need to force myself to read The Guardian to fit in?!
    Thoughts?
    My own opinion is that to snub someone on the basis of their choice of paper is as ignorant and biased as some of the views expressed within the DM itself!
    PS: It might be logical to suggest it's the fact that I'm reading my paper and not socialising that is causing the problem but I know this not to be the case.
     
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I cannot see any newspaper ever having any place in our school staffroom, no one would read it!

    Are you sure the reason you are being snubbed is your choice of paper? I find it incredible that such a thing could happen. Our staffroom hold a great many differing political viewpoints. There might sometimes be heated political debates, but no-one is ever slated or snubbed for holding them.

    I would suggest you stop reading the paper when some of your colleagues come in and start a conversation with them. Build bridges so they see you are more than 'just a DM reader'. Start to have political debates and express your views (politely of course) and let them see you are not an ill informed DM stereotype.
     
  4. My staff would give their eye teeth to have the time to sit and read the paper during the school day. Consider yourself lucky and enjoy reading what you like.
     
  5. I have an unpleasant suspicious outlook on life. Which leads me to ask, has this been posted by a Daily Hate journalist, looking for a shock horror outrage piece on lefty pinko teachers?
    As I say, just my mindset.
     
  6. I read the sun. Staff do talk to me only slowly and with no big words.
     
  7. southerngirlupnorth

    southerngirlupnorth New commenter

    No one could care less what you read, it must be something else thats putting everyone off. Maybe you should make a list.
     
  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Lead commenter

    Wish I had time to read a paper at work.
    i wouldn't send someone to coventry just because of their choice of paper - magazine.
    P
     
  9. In the past, I was called anti-social for reading a book in the staffroom. I took up knitting!
     
  10. Cosmic_Rainbow

    Cosmic_Rainbow New commenter

    lol! we have a whole shelf of books in the staff room that people are free to take and read.
    people dont generally read newspapers in our staffroom but i think this is more to do with them not having enough time than fear of being snubbed.
     
  11. Get a Kindle, then you can download the Daily Mail free and no one can see what you are reading.(With the increasing availability of Kindle "trash" literature (like Harlequin novels) sales are up because people are no longer afraid they'll be judged by the cover of the book they are reading.)
     
  12. Agreed. Time to read a newspaper at weekends let alone during the school day is pretty much unheard of at my school.....
     
  13. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    we had a selction of novels in our staffroom (donated by staff for all to share) which due to a shortage of space were relocated to Y6 classroom. It wasn't long before the critters had spotted the racy titles and were enjoying reading experiences which are not on the primary curriculum!! Needless to say, the books were relocated pretty quickley
     
  14. Glad to see such open minds are still to be found in staffrooms. If I were you I would take out a subscription to 'Puritan Today' and give it to them. Apparently the sections on music, dancing and merrie making are a bit thin but it has a very good section on 'Looking down your long stuck up nose and trying to be superior because you can tell people what to think and burn them at the stake if they don't agree.'
     
  15. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    Just put your DM into a Guardian cover, then see how they react! [​IMG]
     

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