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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Politics in Education

The dictionary defines politics as "the assumptions or principles relating to or inherent in a sphere, theory, or thing, esp. when concerned with power and status in a society : the politics of gender". It also defines "play politics" as "act for political or personal gain rather than from principle".

Unfortunately in education this is clearly evident. The politics of education is how decisions are made. I don't doubt that many people in leadership position have genuine desire to see progress in Education but this is often obfuscated (render obscure or unclear) by the play on politics. Often when two choices are presented that requires a decision to either benefit the students and the school or particular individuals, politics directs them to make a choice that hurts those that they ought to think first, the students. How is this possible? Politics. It's just easier to hurt the children and blame their failure to the parents, teachers or the lack of resources (i.e. money). But the truth lies buried in the "play of politics." To fix it we need leaders (including teachers) who will advocate the best for the students and stop sacrificing them in the altar of politics.
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