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  •  I sometimes wonder if I would choose differently (7+ / 0-)

    when I registered on December 18, 2003, I had already been posting on the Dean blog for a while as Ken fr Arlington VA.  Thus I was used to partially identifying myself.  On bulletin boards on education I had used my own name.

    Since I was a teacher, I thought to include that

    thus it became teacherken

    oddly enough,  some people interpreted that very differently

    they did not necessarily view the "ken" as a name, but rather as a description - of knowledge

    some broke it up  tea - cherken   as a cognate of tea - cherkin

    And more than a few people simply assumed I was female!

    My wife points out that at Friends schools and some other progressive elementary schools, it was quite common for students to address their teachers that way:

    Teacher Ruth

    Teacher John

    and why not, Teacher Ken

    what I have just written is often how people view it, or as Teacherken or TeacherKen

    perhaps there was a bit of ee cummings in me but it was deliberate not to use capital letters, and to run it together (on some web sites one could not have spaces in an id).

    Over the years it has become an identity.  Someone like Tim Kaine or Jim Webb was as likely to call me teacherken as Ken.  Many people who did not know my name knew my work.  So at political events I always if name tags are used put teacherken before I write Ken Bernstein.

    Go figure.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:05:25 AM PDT

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