Panem et Circenses

Those of you who have read the Hunger Games are familiar with the title of this post and probably already know what’s coming. If you’re not familiar with the Hunger Games, let me try to give a brief synopsis. The famed trilogy is about a nation whose citizens are required to sacrifice two of their own, age 12-18, from their respective “districts” (similar to states) -who most likely will not return alive (as only one person out of the 24 does return)- solely for the entertainment of the rest of the nation Ruling Class.

Now before drawing judgements, let me tell you that Suzanne Collins is not just inhumane. Her purpose in writing this series is not just to entertain readers with a story about children dying. She makes her point clear in Chapter 16, Mocking Jay-Hunger Games Part 3:

“’Panem et Circenses’ translates into ‘Bread and Circuses.’ The writer was saying that in return for full bellies and entertainment, his people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power.”

Sound familiar?

So now, what’s my purpose? My purpose is this: we have the power, as Americans, as Oklahomans, to effect change. We have the power to choose- to choose not to be distracted by bread and circuses, but to maintain our political responsibilities and take possession of the power that is ours.

I think it’s clear how this relates to Public Education. This has been and will continue to be a fight in Oklahoma. Many in Oklahoma are beginning to take possession of the power that is theirs by running for office. Teachers like Mickey Dollens, Mike Mason, and Kelly Meredith are all running for office as pro-public education candidates- “the Teacher Caucus”

A week from today is Oklahoma’s Primary Election Day. This primary is going to be paramount to Oklahoma’s Public Schools and ultimately, Oklahoma’s future.

Oklahoma’s Online Voter Tool is the best resource to find your polling place and identify the candidates who will be on your Primary Ballot on Tuesday. Questions about your candidates? Most will have Facebook pages, or you can google their names for their campaign website!

Giving up our political responsibilities means we give up our power. Let’s take responsibility. Let’s take back our power. The movement starts on Tuesday, and it starts with you.

This election is important. Please vote. Vote education.



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