confront v. confrontation

Glaser (2005) reframes issues around confrontation to say, “Confronting the truth takes courage. Yet, it doesn’t have to be confrontational.” When considering collaborations, she outlines how confrontations can manifest, suggesting that the confrontations stem from “I-centric” thinking. For a few years, since I set the direction of my dissertation, I have felt that the general topic would be poorly received by my peers and by my larger professional associations. Aligned with Glaser’s sentiments, I have felt that my “expectations will not be met” (p. 233). What expectations?  Perhaps, for me, it is the possibility for other ways to look at a professional dilemma within a community; it is developing alternatives to something otherwise standard; it is finding a way rather than insisting on the “right” way. Let it go.

I’m taking the deep breath.  This coming weekend, I have an opportunity to share in a group format, at my regional professional association conference, some alternatives to the profession. How do I take the “I-centric” confidence issue out of my thoughts as I prepare and implement?  

I will further consider Glaser’s recommendation to use the opportunity to simply put a new platform in place for dialogue. Current realities and future possibilities.  There is no right or wrong. I need to use the opportunity to share, hear, be a part of a forum to address what is working and to a assess what some others are doing around the community. Through the dialogue, we can shape – or at least identify – possibilities and attitudes. 

I’d like to think that I’m a “We-centric” individual working with others (p. 234); that I can anticipate (as I have) discomfort but create the space for healthy dialogue to take place. For turning potential “breakdowns into breakthroughs” through reframing the context in/through/by which our profession has succeeded and failed for decades.

Glaser, J. (2005). Creating we. Avon, MA: Platinum Press.


About mundyviar

Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a newly relocated music teacher in the Palm Springs Unified School District of California, USA. For the past 18 years, he served the students and families within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. In this role, he discovered the need for a reevaluation of the roles, purposes, and directions of scholastic music in a changing community and in a changing economy. The direction of his doctoral work was largely influenced by this experience. He researches the attitudes, levels of satisfaction, and lifelong learning effects of music training both inside and outside of the traditional school experience, with an eye on the roles that community based organizations may play in this. Prior to his assignment as a public school music teacher, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally revered youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, also based in Concord, California, USA. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps was reinvigorated and performed with renewed excitement, proficiency, and levels of success. Under Dr. Viar's guidance, BDB performed in the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Orlando, Florida, and the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a graduate of the Transformative Inquiry Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (PhD) in San Francisco, California, USA. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley; Single Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area College of Chapman University in Orange, California; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond, Virginia, USA.
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