We all have to deal with work politics in our school years and you thought that once you got into the professional world and started working, the politics would disappear. Not so fast. It turns out that people who enter the workforce bring work politics with them, and we all have to deal with it.
Most teachers enter the profession with great dreams and ideals. Yet many become disillusioned by the politics. It’s a dirty secret that most teachers hate the politics of school. All a new teacher can do is shake their head and wonder, “What’s going on here?”
Work politics in school
School politics refers to school political activities, including elections, student-administration relations, and interactions between students and teachers. It is generally believed that students should be free from adult influence, which is sometimes reflected in student elections. We need to remember that the definition of school politics is very wide, and it might be true even for teachers. Such spontaneous actions take place because there are lots of differences between people.
In the teaching profession, the politics found in the workplace can be a dangerous pitfall for anyone to fall – especially a newbie. Either you find a job at a high school with strict principals and teachers who enjoy playing favourites or a more laidback environment with a principal who’s known for promoting friends of hers. As a young teacher, you want to prove yourself as a professional. Pretending you are best friends with your principal is almost impossible unless you’re willing to date her son.
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The 2022 school calendar is almost here, and if you are a teacher or an aspiring teacher, you know that the political environment of the classroom gets more intense every year. Kids are checking their little smartphones before they even get through the door. Parents are involved in PTA meetings earlier than ever before. And each passing generation seems to have less patience for teaching as a profession. It can all be heavy to handle sometimes.
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