Posted Date: 09/23/2022
Column: Election homework assignment from Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year -- by Rebecka Peterson, a math teacher at Union High School and Oklahoma 2022 Teacher of the Year!
The English language is full of nuances. The word “politics” is an excellent example of such nuance.
On one hand, it can simply mean “the art and science of government.” On the other hand, it can cause rifts between family and friends unlike nearly any other word.
If politics is simply the art and science of government, then — as it happens — the vast majority of us are political because most of us rely on the government for various day-to-day aspects, such as safe roads, clean water, and good schools. Politics is simply the study of how we choose to organize our lives together as a group of people.
That said, perhaps what many of us mean when we claim we’re not political, is that we’re not partisan.