Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Free Time" is a Lie

Free time in my life is illusory. I suspect it's the same for teachers all over the world. I have a problem with the term "free" time, in both senses of the word. Adjective (free as in speech) and adverb (free as in beer) ideals of time as being unconnected to context or intent irk me. Here's why:
  1. My time is valuable, no matter what I'm doing. Work, play, sleeping or daydreaming, I'm always using my time, even if it might appear that I'm wasting it (yet another concept I'm not a fan of)
  2. I'm always spending time. How can you spend something that's free?
  3. Time that I'm not actively engaged in a task directly is usually spent on supporting that kind of time, whether it's commuting, eating or sleeping, it has a purpose.

I find that free time is like extra money.
I have lots of plans for both, but I don't think I've ever had any of either.

So let's stop talking about free time as if it's something one can posses, okay?