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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Love to Teach, But Care Less for the Politics

I really love to teach. I love to help children learn, but the politics of schools like any organization can be difficult.

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How do we prepare ourselves and others for the political reality of groups and organizations?

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A colleague mentioned a concern to me. I said, "You should ask about that as that is an important concern."
    She replied, "But you're good at speaking up."
    I said, "You have to speak up too."

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On another occasion recently I was dismayed that many were not willing to speak up, yet I know one often pays a price when he or she speaks up. However, sometimes others pay a price when one doesn't speak up. Speaking up can be very difficult, and it takes political savvy to know when and how to speak up.

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Connections and relationships impact politics in ways both positive and not so positive too.

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Silence also impacts the work we do in ways both good and not so good.

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Transparency is a powerful vehicle when used and not used. 

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In schools, there can be challenging at times, but you find yourselves on a good path if you keep children center stage in the work that you do.