The VERY best TEACHERS …

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Beauty In The World: A Fly In The Front Yard

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What Every Texas Teacher Should Know About Politicians: Lesson #2 – Votes Count

What Every TX Educator Should Know About Politicians .jpgLet’s revisit Lesson 1: A politician’s number one constituent is him- or herself.

A Lesson 1A would be: Politicians, first and foremost, want to be re-elected and/or they are desirous of that next, bigger and better, electable position or political appointment.

Lesson #2: Votes Count relates to Lessons 1 and 1A in that teachers are not a proven, united voting block. Generally, they do not begin or end, by their presence at ballot boxes, politicians’s careers.

Politicians may like teachers, they may respect teachers, but attending to their concerns is politically optional, and, if done so, generally it has other political reasons attached.

Until state-level politicians gain or lose their jobs on a regular and predictable basis to teachers’s votes, educators’s voices, for the most part, should expect a lessened impact on education issues.

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What Every Texas K-12 Public Educator Should Know About Politics And Politicians: Lesson 1 – The Number One Constituent

What Every TX Educator Should Know About Politicians .jpgLesson one: A politician’s number one constituent is him- or herself.

At its foundation, politics is a self-serving profession. Politicians, first and foremost, want to be re-elected and/or they are desirous of that next, bigger and better, electable position or political appointment.

With any issue, that includes education, a politician will consider first its impact on his or her number one constituent, and you, Texas educator, are not that constituent.

In dealing with politicians, it is naive to think they are not in a self-serving profession and wrong to believe they are bad people for being good at their profession.

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Note: As with any generalization, exceptions happen. I have met and worked with politicians who are exceptions.

 

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What Every Texas Educator Should Know About Politicians: Introduction

What Every TX Educator Should Know About Politicians .jpgTexas K-12 public educators, for the most part, are big-hearted, caring, and wonderful people. They are well schooled in their profession, but, often, not as well informed about state-level politicians.

This series of blogs is intended to shed light on an important, misunderstand, and understudied subject: politicians and the politics of education. It will not make their seemingly kid-hating, irrational, education decisions agreeable, just understandable.

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Please note that throughout this series descriptions of politicians are not of any one individual but generalizations unless otherwise specified.

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Beauty In The World: Spider

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Front yard friend … well, if you’re not on its meal menu.

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Beauty In The World: Spider

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A front yard friend.

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