One of the things I discovered quickly was the need for a school principal in Chicago to learn the political game – and quickly. Realizing that you’re only as good as yesterday’s accomplishments and that you are one misinterpreted comment from crisis, tends to keep you on your toes. Larry Cuban’s blog post entitled: Principals as Political Actors is worth a read. It discusses both the reason why we hate politics; and the need for us to recognize that it is a large part of what we do. But when you think of it, politics was originally invented by civilized society as an alternative to war. It might be worth learning.