Anyone watching the show Severance on Apple TV+? How would I describe it? Fascinating, weird, unsettling, quirky, compelling, thought-provoking…
Here’s the description from the show page:
Mark leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives. When a mysterious colleague appears outside of work, it begins a journey to discover the truth about their jobs.
What drew me to this show, aside from the incredible cast, was the idea of “severance”, a complete separation of your work and personal life. As an educator, I think we have the blurriest lines of all between the two. How can you stop worrying about these humans you see each day at work once you leave the building? You can’t! I remember trying to explain to a non-teacher friend that teachers never stop working or at least thinking about work. At the store? Oooh, I could use that in the classroom. Saturday morning cartoons? Nope, there’s a webinar on EST that I need to catch. Summer vacation? Ha! I need to snap a photo of something that’s related to a unit I’ll be teaching next year. Also, let’s not even talk about the planning and prep that happens on vacation.
So, what would that be like if we could make a definitive boundary between our two lives? I don’t think it could work because teaching is all about relationships and what kind of relationships would you have with your students if there was a whole part of your life that was inaccessible. Could you build relationships just based on your school life?
Setting aside the ethical issues and other consequences of this separation, what do you think?