“I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.” – George Carlin, comedian
Hello, #SlowChatED. I want to talk, this week, about politics. Now, to address the question in my title, yes, politics is still taboo and probably for good reason. So, before we even get started, I want to put this out there. I don’t necessarily want to talk about your politics or my politics this week. I just want to talk about politics more as a concept, as a factor in our lives, and most importantly as a factor in education. So don’t be afraid to chime in. I don’t care whether you identify with donkeys or elephants, I just want to explore this thing in our society called politics and try to figure out where we as teachers stand with it all.
The reason that I decided we needed to talk about politics before the new year starts is familiar to many of you. The district in which I teach has experienced a mountain of political turmoil over the last year. In fact, many in my community would argue that our district has been experiencing this political turmoil for more than a decade now. Here is a brief synopsis of the situation written by one of our students: