the science and art of political government; political science
the conducting of or participation in political affairs, often as a profession
political methods, tactics, etc.; sometimes, specif., crafty or unprincipled methods
political opinions, principles, or party connections
factional scheming for power and status within a group: office politics
Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
This past week our students at Rivercrest High School participated in the political process by running for officers of our various school organizations. From a historical perspective, we know that education is essential to our democracy. Education has the imperative to develop a well-educated citizenry, and we emphasize civic education. Campaigning has been a fun exercise of our students' political know-how and stretching of their wings.
I am very pleased to report that the election results are already in and have been posted - so please don't see this article as an endorsement of any particular candidate! Our students all kept their campaigns upbeat and positive, and I didn't hear any campaign promises that were beyond anyone's ability to deliver. The students' engagement in the process has actually been enjoyable! They have had the opportunity to express their voices, and some have had a great time running their campaigns. Stickers and ribbons were distributed by some. While some students went a very traditional route with their campaign signs, others went in a very different direction. I've included some of the signage for your enjoyment.
At the end of the day, we may (or may not) have any budding politicians. However, our students have had an opportunity to participate - on a very small scale - in what the real world is experiencing during election 2018. They have committed to serve their school community, and I know they will serve the student body well. And you never know - one of these students may someday be the voice of Mississippi County!