Education And The Politicizing Of Everything

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Education And The Politicizing Of Everything

P. J. O’Rourke P. J. O’Rourke, the Libertarian humorist, defined political satire in the sense of “the attempt to achieve power and prestige without merit.”

To make something controversial is to concentrate on the best way to use it to gain an advantage in the quest for power and fame. Typically, when we talk about an issue that draws everyone together, it’s about a problem or crisis that triggers an unspoken agreement that all parties will not attempt to exploit the situation as a way to increase their status and power.

Education And The Politicizing Of Everything

From massive crises such as 9/11 to minor crises like Baby Jessica in the well, Americans expect the deal to be a success. We will get through it together, and no one will attempt to gain personal advantage from it. If someone shouts at the thought that their house may be burning We don’t usually stop to consider how we might make this work for us.

The unspoken agreement is a requirement for confidence that the other side isn’t trying to extract popularity and power by causing trouble. If the alarm for fire goes off, we don’t pay attention to the smoke and flames as we try to determine the perspective of the other side.

Unfortunately, the loss of trust is the most prominent characteristic of our current time. We see it in the reactions to every new incident various groups quickly adopt the same political position to stop those who, they believe might be trying to get the upper hand. There was hope that the COVID epidemic was going to be our 9/11 moment, in which the US put aside politics in favor of national unity to deal with the problem. Those expectations lasted for about a week and then the responses turned into accusations that certain parties were just trying to gain power.

The most extreme manifestation of the problem is shown by those who deny that the pandemic and shootings are not real events but fabricated stories to allow some people to use their merits to gain power and fame.

Education And The Politicizing Of Everything

The politicizing of everything implies that we no longer see issues as ones that need to be resolved, but instead as situations to be spun to aid in a gain of power (if not by us and then by those out there).

Education was previously viewed as a non-political area and, despite that, the agreement wasn’t always observed. Some states still hold elections for non-partisan school officials. However, just like all other aspects of our society is becoming increasingly polarized.

According to O’Rourke’s definition of the word the definition of politics is not red against. blue conservative and liberal. liberal. The implementation of Common Core Standards was not initially an issue for the political parties, however, it was an attempt by some individuals such as Bill Gates to acquire power and prestige, without showing academic merit.

The current political climate and various groups are attempting to gain political power through leveraging anger over the content of education in schools, how it’s taught, and the books utilized to instruct it. The same political ideas that came out of the pandemic that swept the nation have been made into the schools.

The problem with politicizing issues is that it focuses attention on everything else, not solving the issue and education is brimming with issues at the moment.

The profession of teaching is in an era of crisis, with schools having difficulty attracting and keeping teachers. The learning and growth of students are being interrupted in real, yet difficult-to-measure ways.

However, when teachers declare that their school is burning They are received with responses like “You’re just saying that for your advantage” “This is just union propaganda” and “How can I best spin this to further my aims.” But no one is reaching for a fire extinguisher.

It’s one of the biggest problems in a highly-politicized environment. People aren’t listening when you try to find an actual issue regardless of how numerous ways you explain, “No, I’m not trying to figure out a way to solve the problem. The house is burning.”

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