John Thompson argues against the scorched earth approach to educational politics, which I think can be applied to both sides. Reformers need to not see the communities they serve as enemies, but we too need to understand relational power. If we build each other up we create more power, rather than needing to compete for it. And as in all things education, we all need to be good examples for our kids.
John Thompson, Contributor 02/17/2017 Huffington Post Blog.
I used to claim to have trekked through the Himalaya Mountains seeking a holy man who had discovered the secret of the universe. His answer was, “all is water.”
“All is water? What in the dickens does that mean?”
“All is not water?” was the reply.
In the classroom, in whole school reform, and in systemic educational issues, all is politics. Teaching is leadership, and leadership is political. Assessments, testing, and grading are political. The politics of teacher evaluation are political. Bringing parents into the educational process is retail politics. Debates over educational research are political. Due process is no more political than any other legal issue, which means it is an inherently political process.